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Yow Ling
03-20-2014, 01:39 AM
It appears that searchers may have found wreckage of MH370 southwest of Perth Australia.
If it turns out to be true it will give some closure to the grieving families.

mike4
03-20-2014, 03:57 AM
From the comments on the Air Safety site that is an area of the ocean where quite a bit of junk ends up . but there are some aircraft going for a look .
Michael

thistle
03-20-2014, 08:07 AM
Just about everything you can imagine floats around in the ocean, its not wreckage of MH370 , until some one hauls a peice of 777 over the side of the side of a ship and it is identified as such.

J Tiers
03-20-2014, 08:27 AM
There was a comment that containers fairly often fall off ships and float around..... which I found to be a bit surprising. Not that they float, but that it is not uncommon for containers to just fall off and disappear.

I suppose that Lloyds or another such insurance company pays up then. Seems rather casual, though, considering it costs something like $2000 to ship a container from china, and has been up to as much as $9000, and that is without considering the value of the contents, which is presumably at least 20 to 100 times that.

Ian B
03-20-2014, 09:49 AM
JT,

Surprised that containers fall off ships? If you google "container ship fail", you soon come to the conclusion that trips where they DON'T fall off are the exception to the rule:

http://failopages.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/shipment-of-fail-ship/
http://cellar.org/iotd.php?threadid=28628
http://forums.speedguide.net/showthread.php?272386-The-Real-FAIL-boat!
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/21/world/container-ship-loses-containers/

They might sink if heavy, but the door seals can be pretty good. Ellen Macarthur thinks she hit one with her yacht during a race.

And that satellite picture doesn't look an awful lot like a wing to me...

Ian

garyhlucas
03-20-2014, 09:04 PM
Something like a billion containers in circulation, and 100,000 lost each year!