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Missing Flight 370 search: Plane landing revisited, ocean search may go to land

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The Malaysia Flight 370 probe now turns to the possibility that the Boeing 747 landed somewhere intact or crashed on land. This a theory that was never completely taken off the table, according to the International Investigation Team (ITT). Flight 370 continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysterious the world has ever known, as the on-going search has turned up nothing.

According to “Fox and Friends” live on Tuesday morning April 22, the lack of a debris field and finding nothing in the tedious search has put more emphasis on other options for the flight's fate. The search that continues to come up empty-handed in the Indian Ocean has prompted the search authorities to revisit the other possibility of the plane being on land. New Straits Times reports that the ITT are “now looking at the likelihood of starting from scratch” with a search for the plane on land.

While this is just in the early stages and nothing has been set to start this land search, authorities say until that time, the search in the Indian Ocean will continue for the Boeing jetliner. Although it is looking more and more like Flight 370 ended up somewhere else than in the depths of the Indian Ocean.

According to ABC News this has been a story that Americans are also holding onto, it is not just the passengers' families that follow the search team's every move. The final outcome of this missing flight is important on many levels to Americans, which ranges from curiosity to empathy. This flight could very easily be one that you or anyone that you know were on, so finding out the fate is important to many Americans and that is why it has been in the headlines for so long.

Many of the families of the passengers of this ill-fated flight have never given up hope of finding their loved ones alive. As each day of the search in the Indian Ocean went by and turned up nothing, this strengthened their hopes. News that the search may now turn to land has the families with even more hope today. Sources from the ITT team said:

“The thought of it landing somewhere else is not impossible, as we have not found a single debris that could be linked to MH370.”

“However, the possibility of a specific country hiding the plane when more than 20 nations are searching for it, seems absurd.”

The plane crashing in a remote area is one of the possibilities being considered by this team heading the search. Still if the plane did crash, there is always a possibility of survivors and this is what the families of the passengers will hold onto until the plane is actually found. The ITT is also looking into expanding the search in the Indian Ocean as another possibility for going forward with this search.

Today the ITT is hoping that more countries will come forward and share satellite information from that tragic night when the plane just fell off of the radar. While the Malaysian authorities have received the information and data from many countries and agencies, they have not gotten everything that they need.

They are hoping that the countries would come forth and offer up data that could be crucial in finding the correct direction the plane was headed in after it fell off the radar. This would be of great help to the people heading the Flight 370 search.

The data that is needed to help pinpoint this ill-fated flight’s direction may have been captured by various countries’ satellites. The data is part of official information that may contain security features and information that these countries will not disclose. For that reason a lot of the “raw data” given to the search team and Malaysian authorities have big pieces missing and it is information within those pieces that could be helpful in the search.

In some cases the Malaysian authorities had to rely on conversations with those countries to verbally pass along the information needed from the satellites, but that is not the same as having the data to analyze. Any information that has been handed over to the Malaysian authorities was shared with all the search teams involved with the Flight 370 search.

One of the countries that refused the Malaysian government access to a satellite was the United States. The Jindalee Operational Radar Network satellite has over-the-horizon radar and monitors both air and sea movements across 230,000 square miles.

The Malaysian authorities were told by U.S. representatives that they could not view that information and that the satellite did not pick up any information on Flight 370. The source said “that was the end of it.” They cannot force the issue after being told that there is nothing there.

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