Climate Professor: Storms, Strong Waves Will Make Search Very Difficult
Arnold Gordon, an ocean and climate physics professor at Columbia, joined Fox and Friends this morning by phone to discuss the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Early Thursday, Australia announced that satellite images taken in the southern Indian Ocean show two objects that could be related to the missing Boeing 777.
The images were taken on March 16.
Here's more from FoxNews.com on the search effort:
Military planes from the U.S. and Australia have so far not been able to locate Thursday two objects spotted by satellite in the southern Indian Ocean that could be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
A Navy spokesman told Fox News that a P-8 Poseidon aircraft returned to base in the western Australian city of Perth with "nothing to report" after flying a 10-hour search mission in the Indian Ocean. Earlier Thursday, a statement on the Australian Maritime Safety Agency's (AMSA) official Twitter account said that the crew of a Royal Australian Air Force P-3 aircraft had been unable to locate the debris due to limited visibility as a result of clouds and rain. The tweet added that other aircraft would continue the search.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott disclosed that the objects had been spotted in a statement to the country's parliament. Abbott cautioned, however, that the task of locating these objects would be difficult and "it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370."
John Young, manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's emergency response division, said that one of the objects was just short of 80 feet in length, while the other was 15 feet in length.
"This is a lead, it's probably the best lead we have right now," said Young, while cautioning that the objects could also be seaborne debris along a shipping route where containers can fall off cargo vessels, though the larger object was longer than a container.
Gordon believes there is a "good possibility" that the large objects could be part of the airliner. Gordon says it will be extremely challenging to locate something in that part of the world due to storms and extremely strong waves, but he doesn't think the currents will be a big problem.
"I think it might drift something like 30 or 40 miles toward the east. I'm looking at the currents in the last five days and it doesn't look too bad. Their challenge is going to be the weather and the waves," said Gordon, noting that the ocean depth is about 10,000 feet.
If the debris is found to be part of the jet, he explained that ocean models could be used to figure out where the plane went down.
But Gordon pointed out that an effort to find the aircraft beneath the surface could take many months, if not years.
Watch his full analysis above, and stay tuned to Fox News for the latest developments in the search.
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