News / Asia

Search for Missing Plane Expanding

Search for Plane Expandingi
|| 0:00:00
...  
🔇
X
March 14, 2014 4:08 AM
The Malaysian government is still leading the search for the missing flight MH370, but the U.S. government’s role is increasing. The White House indicates the U.S. Navy might begin searching a wide area of the Indian Ocean. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains.
The Malaysian government is still leading the search for the missing flight MH370, but the U.S. government’s role is increasing. The White House indicated the U.S. Navy might begin searching a wide area of the Indian Ocean.
 
Almost a week after the plane went missing, there's still a mystery surrounding Flight 370. Now, the situation is even more perplexing.
 
First, the search was to the northeast of Malaysia, along the plane’s normal route to Beijing.
 
But now U.S. officials have disclosed new information. They say the plane may have flown for several hours after its last communication. That final communication was from the pilot, who said, "All right. Good night," as if all were well in his cockpit.
 
U.S. officials from the NTSB and the FAA who arrived in Malaysia a few days ago are examining the plane’s radar locations. These two U.S. agencies often are called in to help investigate airline crashes in other countries.
 
"There's nobody better in the world at investigating aircraft mishaps. These are the pros,” said Stephen Ganyard, an aviation consultant.
 
“The U.S. team was of the view that there were reasonable grounds from Malaysian authorities to deploy resources to conduct a search on the western side of the peninsula Malaysia,” said Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian Transport Minister.
 
That set up a series of maneuvers in the search; U.S. destroyers were in the Straits of Malacca, near the Indian Ocean, as White House spokesman Jay Carney spoke on Thursday.
 
“We're looking at information, pursuing possible leads, working within the investigation being led by the Malaysian government… We are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy,” said Carney.
 
Many family members of passengers are frustrated over how little they know.  Investigators, including American officials like FAA administrator Michael Huerta, say little, although he told the Italian Financial News Agency Radiocor, "Our engineers are working with international colleagues. Every aviation accident takes time for the technical findings."
 
Meanwhile, in China and elsewhere, there still is hope for those on board the plane. One sign reads: “We are waiting for you to come home.”

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

DRC Tries Mega-Farms to Feed Population

Park at Boukanga Lonzo currently has 5,000 hectares under cultivation, crops stretching as far as eye can see, and is start of ambitious large-scale agriculture plan More

Video Survivor Video Testimonies Recount Horrors of Guatemalan Genocide

During a conflict that spanned more than three decades, tens of thousands of indigenous Mayans were killed More

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Areas are spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, source of livelihood for fishermen and herders who have called the marshes home for generations More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Ike
March 14, 2014 10:14 AM
IATA needs to ensure that all member countries of IATA have their airport computer terminals linked to the Interpol database enabling immigration officials to swipe passports for validity and authenticity. Those countries that do not avail themselves of such a system should be named and shamed, as passengers are put at risk, because of poor security.

by: Wasup from: VN
March 14, 2014 3:42 AM
After so many hyppothesis, we just wait for the news of MH370 and hope to know who is the author of this plan.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOAi
X
August 31, 2015 2:17 AM
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.
Video

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.
Video

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

VOA Blogs