MISSING MH370: Debris found at Straits of Malacca [17/03/2014]

MISSING MH370: Debris found at Straits of Malacca

SEPANG: A Greek petrochemical tank was asked to keep an eye out for ‘floating suitcases’ at the Straits of Malacca here yesterday.

Elka Athina, a barge heading to Suez was alerted by Indonesian authorities over radio, warning them that they were ‘approaching a field of debris’.
Several Greek news portals, Tovima and Times of Change were abuzz as sources from the barge alerted them over the apparent sighting.
The portals reported several other barges passing the the busy straits were ‘rushed’ to a coordinate off Sumatran waters.
Another Greek portal published an audio interview with a first officer of the ship, claiming that it was steaming towards a ‘debrs zone’ in the northern waters of the Malacca Strait.
However, checks with online ship tracking websites revealed that the tanker had sailed passed the debris field at about 9.30pm (Malaysia Time).
It is believed that authorities had red flagged a possible area in the straits after users of the map crowdsourcing site Tomnod have indicated a possible debris field in the Straits of Malacca.
A twitter user, Richard Barrow, posted a satellite image of ‘a potential crash site’ and ‘possible floating seats’ on the surface of the ocean at coordinate 5°39'08.0"N 98°50'38.0"E.
The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has come to a gruelling 10th day, with over 20 countries involved in the search of the missing aircraft which had deviated from its flight path last Saturday.
It was carrying 239 people, and was heading to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
It went off the radar screens at about 1.21am near the Vietnam waters in the South China Sea and was later detected on the military radar an hour later 200 natuical miles northwest of Penang Island, on the west side of the Malay Peninsula.
The search is now focused on two possible corridors, stretching from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand; or Southern coordinator, stretching form Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean, after satellites received pings from the aircraft, nearly six hours after it was reported to have disappeared.

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