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Missing plane's black box batteries may have died

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Following four strong underwater signals in the past week, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysian airline, meaning the batteries on the all-important black boxes may have finally died.

Despite having no new pings to go on, crews are continuing their search Sunday for debris and any sounds that could still be emanating. They're desperately trying to pinpoint where the Boeing 777 could be amid an enormous patch of deep ocean.

No new electronic pings have been heard since April 8, and the batteries powering the locator beacons on the jet's black box recorders may already be dead. They only last about a month, and that window has passed. Once officials are confident no more sounds will be heard, a robotic submersible will be sent down.

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ken April 13 2014 at 9:53 AM

Unfortunately, 20 million dollars a day is a fraction of world deficit spending. Ironic that most of the money for the search is being borrowed from the Chinese.

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npaleorelic April 13 2014 at 2:36 PM

The most obvious clue to me that the plane is not in the area of the search is that not one thing, not one iota or scrap of paper or a cushion or styrofoam....nothing has been located floating on the surface of the ocean. The plane would obviously break apart to some degree or totally disintergrate into hundreds or thousands of parts and cabin debris if it made a substantial impact into the water. The only way not one part or any other object not would not be visible is if the plane stayed somehow absolutely intact and sunk. But then the depth pressures would crush it apart and then something would have to float to the surface.

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Denver333 npaleorelic April 13 2014 at 2:41 PM

That is not so obvious. The angle of descent, the speed, and the altitude of any final drop make a difference on the breakup. There is evidence from other downed flights that some do not break up upon impact, depending on the factors above.

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bkb710 April 13 2014 at 9:40 AM

Jets with a wing span of 200 feet don't just crash and leave no debris behind. The public is being left in the dark for a reason. Only those in charge know what that reason is. My condolences to the families who lost loved ones.

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ken bkb710 April 13 2014 at 9:55 AM

You are assuming it crashed.

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cinnaprods April 13 2014 at 2:39 PM

Emelia Earhart's final resting place has never been found. MH370 is likely the same. We as human's are not omnipotent believing we can solve everything.

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medbear27 April 13 2014 at 9:37 AM

I mean the angle they HIT the water... even in the one case of a jetliner hitting the water nose first, the plane's wings broke off and it broke open spewing debris that floated to the surface.

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ken medbear27 April 13 2014 at 9:57 AM

How do you know the angle?

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YO REF April 13 2014 at 2:39 PM

Well thats that.

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mawpaker April 13 2014 at 3:37 PM

Seriously, not a single piece of debris? Not a seat cushion and floatation device, not a piece of luggage anywhere? Yet, it's down under the sea where they are looking? Doesn't make sense. It went down all in one piece and stayed that way? I think not.

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honeyrose3332 mawpaker April 13 2014 at 3:51 PM

It depends on how it hit the water. Currents have probably washed most if not all debris away by now. The ping locators and submarines should have been used long ago.

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hydroplaner April 13 2014 at 3:48 PM

I wrote a comment a few days into the search with no sign of debris(please read), that stated the strong possibility that the plane ran out of fuel and made a water landing that jammed exits and breached the fuselage causing it to quickly sink into the depths trapping all it's content .

Why did the searchers not consider this very viable senerio? They are still looking for debris from a violent crash. The lack of any debris has me conviced of my theory but I will add that if the signals are from the missing jet it will be 2 years before locating it and If the signals are false then it will never be found.

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santiamman hydroplaner April 13 2014 at 4:05 PM

Why? Because it really is not very viable - at all. This is not the Miracle on the Hudson, my friend, because this is anything but the Hudson.

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phantastic1 hydroplaner April 13 2014 at 4:25 PM

I seriously doubt that a jet would perform a water landing successful enough to not have ripped it in half. In this case it could have sunk, but there still should have been more debris. It is more likely of a sudden and hard impct into the water and the debris was so scattered, by the time authorities got to the correct location, all had sunk.

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wmacdaniel phantastic1 April 13 2014 at 7:34 PM

depends on speed and angle of plane at ditching slower is better and a better chance of no break up

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tomjanettravelin April 13 2014 at 9:34 AM

I find it disheartening to see so many "off the wall" comments. What ever happened to real news? Today, it seems that every event is simply an excuse for social media pundits, without an ounce of proof, to spout their own wild theories about aliens, conspiracies, political machinations or sinister plots. I wish we could get rid of all this trash talk. The opportunity to get a rise out of someone else seems to be trumping rational thought. And, in this kind of environment, why is that we hold out democracy as being the best way to resolve any issue, when it is these same crazies who want to vote?

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blindskeeter tomjanettravelin April 13 2014 at 9:36 AM

ELVIS lives next door to me in a single wide trailer. He ain't dead.

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ken blindskeeter April 13 2014 at 9:47 AM

No, he lives next to me! .....wait, are you the person from the trailer two doors down?

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MRDEEPVOICE April 13 2014 at 9:33 AM

My suggestion going forward is stay in contact with the developer who found the Titanic, his equipment research can find the plane in the Indian Ocean, may not be no time soon but he can do it !!

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