Late Wednesday night, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said satellite images had revealed objects that could be related to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and investigative teams set out to search the area. As of today, nothing has been found, but Abbott said the search will go on.
Australia's acting Prime Minister said, "The last report I have is that nothing of particular significance has been identified in the search today but the work will continue."
Abbott stood by his decision to reveal the information to the public, saying that "we owe it to the families and the friends and the loved ones to do everything we can to try to resolve what is as yet an extraordinary riddle." He added that the site in the southern Indian Ocean where the objects were spotted is "about the most inaccessible spot that you can imagine on the face of the Earth," but added that "if there is anything down there, we will find it." Still, he warned, that "could just be a container that's fallen off a ship. We just don't know."
The country's deputy prime minister offered yet another bleak take on the search, saying that whatever was revealed by the satellite images, taken nearly a week ago, may have already sunk to the bottom of the ocean. "Something that was floating on the sea that long ago may no longer be floating. It may have slipped to the bottom," he said.
On top of all that, the search yesterday was plagued by poor weather conditions.
Still, China is sending three warships and a nearby icebreaker to the area to help with the search mission today, and other vessels are expected to arrive over the weekend. And a lack of information hasn't stopped speculation on what could have happened -- yesterday, Clive Irving presented a theory in the Daily Beast that the plane could have "become a zombie," flying itself after pilots were unable to navigate. Another theory, that the plane was sucked into a black hole, was quickly dismissed by scientists.
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