MH370: Hopes dashed as orange objects turn out to be fishing equipment
MH370: Hopes dashed as orange objects turn out to be fishing equipment

 480    March 31, 2014


Potential leads on the missing Malaysian jetliner keep coming. So do the setbacks and frustrations. Four orange objects spotted by aircraft searching for the plane in the treacherous Indian Ocean turned out to be fishing equipment, Australian officials said Monday. Flight Lt. Russell Adams had described the objects found Sunday as the "most promising leads." But on further analysis, they turned out to be fishing equipment, once again dashing hopes of finding the jetliner that vanished March 8. "We are searching a vast area of ocean, and we are working on quite limited information," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters Monday. "Nevertheless, the best brains in the world are applying themselves to this task. ... If this mystery is solvable, we will solve it." The area of the search is 254,000 square kilometers (98,069 miles) that 10 planes and 11 ships were searching Monday. It's the most vessels to comb the search area so far. Search crews from various nations have found an array of potential leads, only to later shoot down any links to the missing plane. They've included dead jelly fish and other garbage floating in the southern Indian Ocean.

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