On Monday, March 24, 2014, a small piece of closure for the families of the members on the Malaysia Flight 370 came to light. Unfortunately, it was not good news. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the flight had gone down in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. You can read his full statement here from CNN.
According to Fox News, 122 objects were found by satellite in the Indian Ocean that could potentially be debris from the Flight 370. Hishammuddin Hussein, the acting transport minister, stated that the fragments were close to where other satellites had spotted other remnants in the ocean. He also said that these findings are “the most credible lead that we have.”
Hussein continued that the photos were taken on Sunday March 23 by French-based Airbus Defense and Space. He pointed out that clouds did infringe on the photos, but the objects that could be seen were from one to twenty-five yards in length.
The disappointing fact is that no one can confirm if these findings were from the Flight 370 specifically yet, or from something else. So, the search continues. According to Fox News, 12 planes and five ships from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand were out on the search for this missing plane. Unfortunately, on Tuesday March 25 the search had to be cut by Australian authorities to the torrential weather that was occurring in the Indian Ocean, according to CNN. But, they continued again the next day.
What is even more frightening is that, according to Fox News, the plane’s black box, which is what sends “pings” or signals to satellites, could go off in two weeks. The battery is made to last only a month. If those signals stop, there may be no way to get enough information about this plane to give full confirmation about what happened to it.