|(Flight MH370) 80km winds and hostile weather force abrupt end to sea, air search
The air and sea search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed in the southern Indian Ocean was suspended due to gale force winds, rain and big waves.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority “the current weather conditions would make any air and sea search activities hazardous and pose a risk to crew.’’
Considering those factors, all sea and air search operations for today have been cancelled.
Strong gale force winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour were whipping the area along with heavy rain and low cloud with a ceiling between 200 feet and 500 feet, a statement said.
The Australian ship HMAS Success, “attempted to locate objects sighted by a RAAF P3 Orion aircraft,’’ but was “unable to relocate the objects.''
Hopes had been high that wreckage would be found Tuesday after two new objects – a green circular item and an orange rectangular one – were seen yesterday by an a search plane from Australia.
This followed larger “white and square'' objects seen by a Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 reconnaissance plane.
Late yesterday, Malaysia confirmed the flight by the state-owned carrier to Beijing ended in the southern Indian Ocean, extinguishing the hopes of relatives of the 239 people on board. Malaysia id not say why the plane veered so far off course.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said a new analysis of satellite data on the flight's path placed its last position in remote waters off Australia's west coast, far from any possible landing sites.
Hopes had been high that wreckage would be found Tuesday after two new objects – a green circular item and an orange rectangular one – were seen yesterday by an a search plane from Australia.—AFP