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Still No Sign of Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

 
Posted March 21st, 2014 @ 6:00pm by KFBK News

This handout Satellite image made available by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority shows a map of the planned search area for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 on March 21, 2014.

Better weather is not leading to better results in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

Australia's acting prime minister says an aerial search of a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysian airliner has come up empty so far.

Warren Truss, who is acting prime minister while Tony Abbott is away, says "nothing of particular significance" has been identified. 

Objects possibly related to missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 have been spotted on satellite imagery, it was announced Wednesday night.  

It has not yet been confirmed whether the images are indeed wreckage from the missing Malaysian airliner.

"The first aircraft that got on scene did report on the weather and found it suitable for searching. We have no sightings yet," John Young with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. 

That first search plane has already returned to land empty-handed, but several more planes are headed to the stretch of ocean 1,500 miles southwest of Australia.

Lieutenant Commander Adam Schantz is leading one of the U.S. Navy aircrafts in the search.  

"We've been struggling with on-station weather, low cloud ceilings out in the search area. But we're expecting good weather today, and should be conditions for a visual search," Schantz said. 

He says they have several tools on board that allow them to search the ocean both above and below water.

Help from the U.S. 

Malaysia's transport minister will be touching bases with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today as the search continues.

"We request further specialist assets to help with the search and rescue efforts, including remotely operated vehicles for deep ocean salvage," he said. 

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur almost two weeks ago.  

There were 239 people on board. 

What do you think happened to the plane?

Most Americans say they think some kind of foul play is to blame for the disappearance of the Malaysian airline Flight 370, according to a poll conducted by YouGov and Huffington Post.  

Of all the theories floating around in recent weeks, one seems to be gaining the most traction among the American public.  

Forty-five percent say they believe it's possible that Flight 370 was stolen by the pilots and has secretly landed somewhere.  

Former NTSB investigator Keith McGuire calls such a scenario, especially one involving a possible water landing, unlikely.

"I doubt that the investigators are spending a lot of time working on a particular theory like that. I think they're going to be working more on what facts they have or don't have. But it is possible, and I don't think they've ruled anything out yet," McGuire said. 

As the speculation continues, 26 percent of respondents say they are following the news about the flight "very closely," while 46 percent say they're following the story "somewhat closely."  

Only 7 percent believe it was an accident, and 23 percent say they're not sure what happened.  

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