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Malaysia assessing possible plane wreckage claim

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The countries searching for the missing Malaysian jet are assessing a claim by a resource survey company that it found possible plane wreckage in the northern Bay of Bengal, Malaysia's defense minister said Tuesday.

The location is far from where the underwater and surface search has been concentrated for weeks. Australia-based GeoResonance Pty Ltd. stressed that it is not certain it found the Malaysia Airlines plane missing since March 8, but it called for its findings to be investigated.

The company uses imaging, radiation chemistry and other technologies to search for oil, gas or mineral deposits. In hunting for Flight 370, it used the same technology to look on the ocean floor for chemical elements that would be present in a Boeing 777: aluminum, titanium, jet fuel residue and others.

GeoResonance compared multispectral images taken March 5 and 10 - before and after the plane's disappearance - and found a specific area where the data varied between those dates, it said in a statement. The location is about 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Bangladesh.

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said China and Australia were aware of the announcement. "Malaysia is working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information," a statement from his office said.

GeoResonance said it began trying to find the plane before the official search area moved to the southern Indian Ocean. "The only motivation is to help the families of the missing passengers and crew, knowing the company has the technology capable of the task," it said.

Flight 370 was carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared the morning of March 8. Radar tracking and communications from the cockpit showed the plane reached cruising altitude without incident, but it veered off course for unknown reasons and flew west across the Malay Peninsula.

India, Bangladesh and other countries to the north have said they never detected the plane in their airspace. The jet had contact with a satellite from British company Inmarsat for a few more hours, and investigators have concluded from that data that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

An underwater signal consistent with an aircraft's black boxes was detected in that search area off western Australia on April 8, but no conclusive evidence has been found.

GeoResonance said it gave its preliminary findings to investigators on March 31 and was surprised by a lack of response. That claim could not be confirmed.

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jojowhite320 April 29 2014 at 9:57 PM

Don't you just love it. Why should Austrailia pick up the tab? There is something funny going on.
They want us to still be focused on the missing plane instead of something else!

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pttsbrbell7 jojowhite320 April 29 2014 at 10:07 PM

thank for your exp[ert analysis

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carolmayda April 29 2014 at 4:27 PM

To the families: I am so sorry you have to go through this suffering. It's inhuman to be put through the not knowing. I will pray for you and hope there is an answer soon.

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peterhvw April 29 2014 at 4:27 PM

It looks like a blurry smudge to me - maybe not to someone that knows the tech but I can see how it would be overlooked by search coordinators, especially considering the random location.

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Ghetto Cat April 29 2014 at 2:52 PM

Okay people, here is free milk, now buy the cow.

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Gabe April 29 2014 at 8:51 PM

The US and Russia spend billions of dollars on "hunter killer" submarines whose job it is to find submarine size objects at the bottom of the ocean. Why don't they send a couple along the flight path and find that plane?

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giabeanbean April 29 2014 at 8:49 PM

Maybe the plane was accidentally shot down. Some people may know and are trying to hide it and thats why we are seeing such a wild goose chase and the many changes in the story. Somebody knows but who is it??

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smayer77777 April 29 2014 at 2:51 PM

That plane will probably turn up in Israel carrying a nuclear warhead.

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krgdpkrg April 29 2014 at 1:44 PM

how would you feel if it was someone you loved that was missing?

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h.gulliksen April 29 2014 at 8:48 PM

And the big question is..why did they not respond to this?
I have been working on a Geo wessel myself many years,
and i know the work they do i highly acurate...no doubt.

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Michele April 29 2014 at 2:50 PM

Perhaps we should gather together all of the so-called "MEDIUMS" I mean thousands of them from all Countries to find flight 370 After all GeoResonance is being ignored! What TRAVESTY of an extremely serious TRAGEDY.

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