News / Asia

Investigators Search for Two Key Items from Malaysian Crash

Investigators Search for Two Key Items from Malaysian Crashi
X
March 11, 2014 2:48 AM
Several days of searching and still no sign of the Malaysian Airlines jet that disappeared Saturday with 239 people on board. Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lampur bound for Beijing, but disappeared somewhere over the South China Sea. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti reports.

Investigators Search for Two Key Items from Malaysian Crash

After several days of searching there is still no sign of the Malaysian Airlines jet that disappeared Saturday with 239 people on board. Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lampur bound for Beijing, but disappeared somewhere over the South China Sea.
 
Ten countries, 20 airplanes and more than 40 ships, including two U.S. destroyers, are combing the South China Sea. Still, no clues have emerged as to how a state-of-the-art airplane could just disappear. 
 
“At the moment, we don’t have answers.  But it’s important that we are out there, looking,” said Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.
 
The flight took off in good weather from Kuala Lumpur, en route to Beijing. 
 
Now, the Malaysian government is expanding the search beyond the 92-kilometer radius from where the last contact was made. 
 
 “We are looking at every angle,” said Azaharudin Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s civil aviation chief.
 
Investigators are searching for two key pieces of evidence. The first piece is the plane’s black box -- which is actually bright orange to be visible in crash debris.  Its two parts -- the flight data recorder and the cockpit recorder -- would provide investigators with a record of electronic instructions and any cockpit discussions prior to impact. However, the black box only emits a signal for 30 days.
 
“It’s a little audio pinger that’s in that black box, that is sending out a signal that says, ‘I’m here, come find me.’ The clock is ticking. Thirty days to go, or we lose that pinger,” explained Stephen Ganyard, an aviation consultant.
 
The box has an underwater beacon that can transmit at a depth of 4,000 meters.
 
The second key to the investigation is any debris that would provide a clue about what happened. Many point to the lessons learned after TWA flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 1996. 
 
"The debris from TWA 800, which was originally thought to be [caused by] potentially a bomb on board,  turned out to provide enough information to point to a different type of explosion," said aviation expert Vahid Motevalli via Skype.
 
Four years after the crash, U.S. investigators ruled the cause was aircraft malfunction.  
 
No one knows what happened to Malaysian flight 370. Experts say until authorities find either the black box or crash debris, it’s all speculation.

Carolyn Presutti

Carolyn Presutti is an Emmy and Silver World Medal award winning television correspondent who works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters.   She has also won numerous Associated Press awards and a Clarion for her coverage of The Syrian Medical Crisis, Haiti, The Boston Marathon Bombing, Presidential Politics, The Southern Economy, and The 9/11 Bombing Anniversary.  In 2013, Carolyn aired exclusive stories on the Asiana plane crash and was named VOA’s chief reporter with Google Glass.

You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at CarolynVOA, on Google Plus and Facebook.

You May Like

Analysis: China Raises Hong Kong Rhetoric to Tiananmen Level

A front-page commentary in The People’s Daily called the current demonstrations 'chaos,' the same word Party officials used 25 years ago to describe the Tiananmen Square protests More

US Airstrikes Anger Syrian Civilians Fleeing Their Homes

Pentagon officials say they have seen no credible evidence of civilian deaths caused by US airstrikes against Islamic State militants More

Child Sexual Exploitation to Worsen in SE Asia

Southeast Asia’s planned economic integration is a key step for boosting the region’s productivity, but carries downsides as well More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Julie from: US
March 11, 2014 9:39 AM
Does anyone believe in Quantum Physics? Anything is possible!


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
March 11, 2014 2:27 AM
It is strange no debris is still found. It seems indicating that no explosion happened during flight.


by: Greg Sutton from: Canada
March 10, 2014 11:14 PM
In this day and age,why doesnt the black box have a floation device on it that is activated by water???

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plainsi
X
October 01, 2014 10:45 AM
It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Video

Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid