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Following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, investigators are confident they will find the missing plane ...
carrying more than 200 people, including three Americans. AP reporter Scott Mayerowitz comments on the situation. (March 10)
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - March 10, 20141. SOUNDBITE Scott Mayerowitz, Reporter, Associated Press"There's still a lot about this flight that we don't know. It disappeared from the radar suddenly, we have an indication that it made a u-turn but we're not even really sure about that, so far all the initial clues we've had have turned out to be false. The oil slick on the water, even some parts that the Vietnamese Air Force found -- all turned out not to be related to this case, so right now investigators are just looking for the wreckage and that's hopefully going to give us an indication of what's going on."2. SOUNDBITE Scott Mayerowitz, Reporter, Associated Press"Typically what happens is you have boats on the surface looking for a signal emitted by the black boxes. The longer after a crash and the further down a black box is, the harder it is to detect it. It took nearly two years after an Air France flight crashed off the coast of Brazil to actually find the flight data recorders, but they did recover it."3. SOUNDBITE Scott Mayerowitz, Reporter, Associated Press"It might take a few more days to find the wreckage from this flight, but aviation experts are confident that we will eventually figure out what has happened to this plane."4. SOUNDBITE Scott Mayerowitz, Reporter, Associated Press"Working in the investigators favor here is the waters are not as deep as they were in the middle of the Atlantic. So depending on where the plane did go down there's a very good likelihood that it won't be that hard to recover the boxes, it's just a matter of figuring out where the plane actually did go down and then searching in that area."STORYLINE:In an age when people assume that any bit of information is just a click away, the thought that a jetliner could simply disappear over the ocean for more than two days is staggering. But Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is hardly the first reminder of how big the seas are, and of how agonizing it can be to try to find something lost in it. It took two years to find the main wreckage of an Air France jet that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. Closer to the area between Malaysia and Vietnam where Flight MH370 vanished Saturday, it took a week for debris from an Indonesian jet to be spotted in 2007, and the mostly intact fuselage still has not been recovered from the bottom of the ocean. In both those tragedies, searchers had something the crews combing the seas this week do not: distress calls from the doomed aircraft. Additionally, officials involved in the search say the Malaysian jet may have made a U-turn, adding one more level of uncertainty to the effort to find it. They even suggest that the plane could be hundreds of kilometers from where it was last detected. Malaysian civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, whose agency is leading a multinational effort to find the Boeing 777, said at least 34 planes and 40 ships were searching a radius of 100 kilometers (62 miles; 54 nautical miles) around the last known location of Flight MH370. No signal has been detected since early Saturday morning, when it was its cruising altitude and show no sign of trouble. Azharuddin said the search includes northern parts of the Malacca Strait, which is far west of the plane's last known location and on the opposite side of the Malay Peninsula. Azharuddin would not explain why crews were searching there, saying, "There are some things that I can tell you and some things that I can't." The jet had been headed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the 239 people aboard are mostly from China, though others are from 14 other countries in Asia, Europe and North America. In Beijing, passengers' relatives have complained that the airline has not been forthcoming with information, and that they've had to rely on news reports for information. Some of those reports, however, have led to dead ends. On Monday, a yellow object spotted by a search plane turned out to be not a life raft, as had been speculated, but a piece of moss-covered trash. A Vietnamese air force plane found two oil slicks in the South China Sea, but Malaysia's maritime agency tested the liquid and said it came not from the jetliner but from a ship's bunkering activities. Those false alarms appeared to leave searchers with little to go on.