Jet search turns to black boxes - amid protests

 
 
Posted Tuesday, March 25th 2014 @ 3pm  by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – With the news that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean with all lives lost, searchers are now in a race against time to recover the aircraft's black boxes before the battery signal is lost, possibly in less than two weeks from now. The US Navy is sending a black box finder called a Towed Pinger Locator to the area along with a mini-sub, reportsNBC. In other developments:

  • The search for debris was suspended today amid bad weather, and Australian officials say high winds and rain mean the search in the "extremely remote" area of the Indian Ocean probably won't resume for another 24 hours, the BBC reports. "We're not searching for a needle in a haystack," an Australian Defense Force official told reporters. "We're still trying to define where the haystack is."

 

 

  • In Beijing, furious relatives of the 154 Chinese passengers clashed with police outside the Malaysian embassy, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. In a statement, the families accused Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government of "wasting a large quantity of human resources and materials and lost valuable time for the rescue effort," saying that if the 154 passengers are indeed dead, the Malaysians are the "real executioners."

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