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Rescue team to face more challenges after satellite images show possible MH370 debris

Friday, 21 March 2014 - 11:14am IST | Place: Sydney | Agency: ANI

Task of the rescue teams is reportedly going to get a lot harder after satellite images pointed to suspected debris belonging to the missing Malaysian Airline MH370 passenger jet.

The hunt for MH370 in the Indian Ocean had been hampered by poor visibility, rain and wind.

According to news.com.au, the search area 2500km south west of Perth is near the 'Roaring Forties', a region known for its torrid conditions and huge waves whipped up by westerly winds.

In Defence Minister David Johnston words, the area is far from civilization, a most isolated part of the world.

Although, the officials said that it could two or three days to find any debris, if the latest images indeed belong to the missing plane, but it could take years for the search teams to recover the entire Boeing 777 and its black box flight recorder, similar to the Air France crash in 2009.

Deep search expert David Gallo said that the MH370 search site appears to above an underwater mountain range called the south-east Indian Ridge and will likely involve robotic submarines.

The report said that another daunting challenge for the Australian, American and New Zealander forces scouring the ocean is the constantly shifting winds and currents.

As the plane went missing 13 days back and there is a strong possibility that the debris would have been dispersed in the ocean, Australian Maritime Safety Authority said that rescue teams were moving the search area according to the movement of the water every day.

Gallo further said that if debris is found, authorities will likely have to backtrack to find the area where the plane first struck the water, because that would be the centre of the haystack, the report added. 

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