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reply to post by Libertygal
I dont know how many times this has to be said or you guys dont get it.. lol auto pilot is not some change altitude plane turns by itself nook and cranny aspect and decide to turn southwest towards Australia its effectively cruise control at ideally cruise altitude hence someone was controlling the plane and people were not all "aphexiated" while magically like some magical Dragon flew for 8 hours with no one conscious...like really people this is not a 15 kg drone this is a 15 tonne airliner use some common sense
Crew: Something big down there
A flight crew scouring the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 say that they were getting radar hits of “significant size”, indicating something was below the water’s surface.
ABC News’ David Wright who is on board the US Navy P-8 Poseidon, said the crew told him the radar indicated “there is something down there”.
However, Commander William Marks, spokesman for the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, later said the radar return was typical, and not connected to the missing plane.
If the debris spotted some 2,500km southwest of Perth is part of the missing MH370, then it is floating in the roughest part of the ocean known for its giant swells.
The Sydney Morning Herald in a report said the debris has been located close to the ‘Roaring Forties’, where winds create giant swells and waves.
Quoting an Australian oceanographer, the newspaper said while there were debris at the surface of the Indian Ocean, the bulk of the ill-fated Boeing 777-200ER could be at the bottom of the sea.
”You may have debris at the surface but the bulk of the aircraft would be at the bottom of the ocean. It is very deep down there, about five kilometres,” said Professor Chari Pattiaratchi, from the University of Western Australia.
“Trying to get something out from five kilometres in the roughest part of the world is going to be extreme,” he was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.
The currents in the area move from west to east, he added.
”So if it has been in the water for about 10 days it would have drifted about 300 to 400 kilometres to the east towards Perth,” said the expert.
The debris would likely have been travelling about one nautical mile per hour, or one knot.
“If it keeps going it’ll go to the south of Perth or south of Australia,” he said.
The Roaring Forties is located forty degrees south, where there was almost no land to slow down the winds. These create strong, high waves and swell, he said.
The currents extend right through the water column because the area is so deep.
reply to post by Libertygal
Yeah, Australia has a few diff time zones. Like it's 8pm here in east aust and the sun has just gone down, but it's 5:00pm in Perth, and the search zone is a couple of hours behind that IIRC, So they have a few hours of daylight to have a stickybeak.