March 20, 2014

Is it Even Worth Mentioning that Debris "May" Have Been Spotted from Missing Plane?

I don't know if this is something or nothing. Reading the whole article, there's so much hedging that it sounds to me that the fact that "debris" has been spotted by satellites doesn't mean much at all:

Complicating the search -- which the Australian Maritime Safety Authority suspended Thursday night -- is the fact that the debris field is probably far away from where it was when it was spotted in satellite images shot four days ago. "It could have drifted a thousand miles," he said.

And he noted, too, that the debris may be unrelated. "It could be just a false lead," Taylor told CNN's "New Day."

John Blaxland, senior fellow at Australian National University and an an expert on Australian radar, agreed. "I'm a little bit pessimistic," he told "New Day."
He said the debris might be one of the ubiquitous cargo containers carried by ships around the world.

I guess it's not all that uncommon for big piles of trash to be floating around out in the ocean. So, hopefully this is something, but probably not. Also, if it is the wreckage it could have already drifted a thousand miles from where the plane went down which would mean, what? 1,000 miles is the radius, so square that and then times by pi = 3,141,592 .... that's a search area of 3 million square miles!

So, you know, good luck with that.

(Did I do the math right on that?)

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:43 AM | Comments |