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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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Bob Bennett April 29 2014 at 5:02 PM

The definitive words used in this article which are , "this may be the wreckage of missing flight MS370," have been used repeatedly over the past several weeks. I will get excited when it's confirmed that missing flight MS270 has actually been found.

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eiujb2 April 29 2014 at 6:53 PM

I say go for it, the new claim that might possibly locate this plane. Not turning up anything where they are currently looking. And its anyone's guess right ?
LMK if anyone else agree's with this thought ?

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blu42nite April 29 2014 at 7:03 PM

what causes a ping besides a black box. the false pings, what caused them? i thought that sound was only man made.

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jetventuresusa April 29 2014 at 7:04 PM

What is confusing is: The first image suggest the aircraft is sitting under water with little or no damage? or maybe not knowing how this works, it was an overlay of what they saw under the water?

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CornStove7 April 29 2014 at 7:04 PM

They should send underwater vehicles to the GeoResonance location 180 miles off the coast of Bangladesh just East of India ... it makes sense the airplane was headed to Pakistan or Yemen and dropped into the ocean off coast line when out-of-gas.

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denise6170 CornStove7 April 29 2014 at 7:10 PM

I would think it was towards Parkistan

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Pearltrans CornStove7 April 29 2014 at 7:41 PM

Whole?

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DAVID April 29 2014 at 7:12 PM

60 million dollars for a private contractors search you have got to be kidding.Dont you all understand who has the key to the patent office. If the technology is out there the us government already has it. Where did the pings come from either they were never there or that plane is at the bottom of the ocean. Continuing false hopes 2 months after a plane disappears from all available mapping technology is probably no more than smoking mirrors. This is a tragety just the same and I hope the families of the passengers and crew can find some kind of closure.

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brauti9105 DAVID April 29 2014 at 7:14 PM

"smoke and mirrors"

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olehippi April 29 2014 at 7:14 PM

It sounds like whoever is in charge didn't, and still doesn't, give much creedence to the report from GeoResonance, which they claim they present almost a month ago. There will be hell to pay if the GeoResonance location turns out to be the planes location.

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eltrip April 29 2014 at 2:13 PM

I sense a 'Geraldo' special in the works.

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blueeyessing April 29 2014 at 2:12 PM

Yeah Yeah Yeah....I will believe it when the plane is located.

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garabian April 29 2014 at 2:12 PM

I said it from the very beginning: the transponder, the transponder. Then they took valuable time to allege that they got the pings, long after I alerted them to the TRANSPONDER. I am a pilot for god's sake. Transponders are ELEMENTARY! And yet they took time to think about it! Now I am telling you that the plane is in YEMEN - Just look at the extended course and THINK!

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jrfke5ri garabian April 29 2014 at 2:23 PM

I think that you are correct. The plan? Wearing oxygen masks, fly up to the service ceiling and then decompress the cabin. Now the question of what to do with the passengers is no longer a problem. Next fly very low, below radar, and continue to a preplanned landing on land. Bury the passengers and you are done! Next, sit back and laugh.

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Deb Spencer garabian April 29 2014 at 2:29 PM

Understand Yemen would be the place to go to use passengers for options. I lived in Yemen many years, I know that it is a third world country, and hate to breake anyones bubble,but most Yemenies don't like us. A lot of the people who were born and raised there received their education from teachers and people who had them believe we were the "Great Satan" Most people living there are poor, no job, chewing qat, so the only thing they've been taught they believe. When we were living there, my husband was kidnapped for 4 days. I could agree with garabian, if the plane did not crash, Yemen would be the first place to look.

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