Science & technology
No sign missing plane MH370 neared Australia
Publish Date: Mar 17, 2014
No sign missing plane MH370 neared Australia
MALAYSIA, SEPANG : A journalist raises her hand as Malaysias Minister of Defence and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (2nd R) answers questions during a press conference yesterday. PHOTO BY AFP
  • mail
  • img
newvision

SYDNEY - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said he had no information that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have come close to Australia, but conceded the incident was "deeply mysterious".
 
The Malaysian government has revealed the investigation into the missing jet indicates it was deliberately diverted and flew for several hours after leaving its scheduled flight path -- either north towards Central Asia, or towards the southern Indian Ocean.
 
Asked whether Australian agencies had detected the plane close to Australia, given its western coast borders the Indian Ocean, Abbott said: "I don't have any information to that effect.
 
"But all of our agencies that could possibly help in this area are scouring their data to see if there's anything that they can add to the understanding of this mystery," he told reporters.
 
Australia has two Orion surveillance aircraft assisting with the search for the plane, which was en route to Beijing when it disappeared, and Abbott said one of those had now been redeployed to the Indian Ocean search.
 
"It's my intention to talk later today with the Malaysians to see whether there's additional help that Australia can offer," he said.
 
Abbott said the incident could lead to changes in how aircraft are tracked.
 
"I think that there will be a lot of analysis done of this particular event which thus far remains deeply, deeply mysterious," he said.
 
"And I think there will be a lot of lessons learnt, and I dare say some of those lessons will involve the tracking of aircraft."
 
Six Australians were on board the commercial flight carrying 239 passengers and crew which vanished on March 8 in a busy Southeast Asian sky, and relatives have clung to hope that their loved ones may still be alive.
 
"I haven't got a clue what is going on, but maybe they have been hijacked and that gives me hope," David Lawton, whose brother Bob was aboard MH370, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
 
"In this day and age and the technology we have you would think they would be able to find it, but no, apparently they can't.
 
"I don't blame anybody for it, I just want to know what their fate was," he added.
 
AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
South Korea
South Korea's Samsung and LG unveiled new smartwatches Thursday with upgraded functions and design as they step up their drive to lead an increasingly competitive market for wearable devices....
Iran
Tehran will "accelerate" arming Palestinians in retaliation for Israel deploying a spy drone over Iran, which was shot down, a military commander said...
WhatsApp reaches 600 million active users
THAT'S up from the roughly 450 million it had in February when Facebook first announced plans to acquire the messaging service for $16 billion with another $3 billion in restricted stock...
Youtube to charge for music videos?
YOUTUBE will begin charging subscriptions for viewers to watch official music videos on their site with no ads. This will follow streaming services subscription plans like Spotify, Pandora (P) and Rhapsody...
LG to unveil circular smartwatch
ANDROID Wear supports round and square designs, but up until now Motorola has been the only company to announce an Android Wear device with a round face...
Galileo satellites lose their way in space
Two European Galileo satellites launched as part of a navigation system designed to rival GPS have failed to locate their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday....
Do you think banning the sale of single cigarette sticks will help regulate tobacco production?
yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter