Nothing spotted in search for jet: Canberra
AP and AFP
March 22, 2014, 12:08 am TWN
PERTH/BEIJING--Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after a 10-hour mission looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries.
Australian officials pledged to continue the search for two large objects spotted by a satellite earlier this week, which had raised hopes that the two-week hunt for the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board was nearing a breakthrough.
But Australia's acting prime minister, Warren Truss, tamped down expectations.
“Something that was floating on the sea that long ago may no longer be floating — it may have slipped to the bottom,” he said. “It's also certain that any debris or other material would have moved a significant distance over that time, potentially hundreds of kilometers.”
Chinese Relatives Turn on Malaysia Gov't Officials
Relatives of Chinese passengers on board MH370 vented their fury on Malaysian government officials Friday in their first meeting in Beijing, denouncing them for time-wasting almost two weeks after the aircraft vanished.
The event began in angry fashion, with family members yelling at the group of political representatives and senior military officials to stand up when they were being introduced, rather than nodding while sitting down.
“We wanted to see you in the first 24 and 48 hours, so that we wouldn't have had to bear the suffering of the last 13 days,” shouted one anguished relative, his voice quivering.