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Malaysian Airlines Search Switches Gears

Malaysian Airlines Search Switches Gears

After recalculating the missing planes air speed, and approximating fuel exhaustion, search teams have moved the main search area to another part of the Indian Ocean, some 700 miles away.

The location shift may quickly pay off, search planes have already photographed large chunks of debris that appear to be white and blue in color, the same colors of the Malaysian Airlines.

A ship is enroute to the location to possibly retrieve that debris and more but it's a day away, and the strong currents are moving debris as far as 25 miles per day. While there's an urgency to the search to find the so called black box recorders, Correspondent Steve Futterman says, even if they are found, they may not yield the data experts need to pinpoint the planes final moments:

"The black boxes record for 2 hours, then they start recording over what they previously recorded so if the key moments in this flight which will tell you what happened occurred like five hours before the plane crashed, you may not get the much from the black boxes, so that's a cautionary note," Futterman explained.

The devices are equipped with batteries to power locator pings, but the battery life is 4 weeks, meaning they'd be drained on or about April 5th.

 

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