Search for MH370 wreckage suspended

THE Australian Defence Minister said rough weather conditions have delayed any attempt to find any wreckage from Flight MH370, stressing that everything remained “virtually speculation” until a piece of debris was recovered and positively identified.

Speaking to the world’s media from RAAF Base Pearce in Perth on Tuesday morning, David Johnston told reporters to search had been suspended until weather conditions improved.

“This part of the world, this southern ocean, has shipwrecked many sailors in our history in Western Australia,” Mr Johnston said.

“It is rough, there are 20-30 metre waves, it is very very dangerous, even for big class ships.

“We are doing everything we can to first of all make a positive identification on a piece of debris that will mean that we are on the right track.

“That’s not going to happen, I wouldn’t think, for at least another 24 hours because we’ve had to redeploy our ships given the bad weather.”

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Defence Minister David Johnston addressing the world’s media at the RAAF Base Pearce in Perth on Tuesday afternoon. IMAGE: Twitter

Mr Johnston stressed that at this stage, no debris had been recovered.

“This is a mystery, and until we recover and positively identify a piece of debris, everything is virtually speculation,” he said.

“To this point in time we have not successfully identified and recovered any debris from the aircraft in question.

“It’s very easy to speculate about being close. ‘Close’ in this part of the world could be several hundred kilometres.”

Air Marshal Mark Binskin said the search wasn’t just like looking for a needle in a haystack, he said they were still trying to define where the haystack was.

The HMAS Success has been relocated to the south of the search zone as a safety precaution while bad weather hampered the operation.

Officials are hoping for calmer weather over the coming days, with a number of additional international teams expected to join the search, including more Chinese and Korean ships.

The new Australian maritime asset, the Ocean Shield, will also join the search fleet in the coming days.

PICTURES: Twitter

Flight MH370 ended in the Indian Ocean with no survivors: Malaysian PM

BREAKING: Malaysian PM announces flight MH370 ended in the Indian Ocean

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak last night announced flight MH370 ended in the Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people on board. IMAGE: Twitter

THE MALAYSIAN Prime Minister has announced to the world that new data has concluded missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 passengers and crew on board, including six Australians.

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Front page of Kuala Lumpur’s largest newspaper, Tuesday March 25, 2014. IMAGE: Supplied

Speaking at an unexpected press conference late on Monday night, Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters more light had been shed on the jetliner’s flight path, indicating the plane flew along the southern corridor and “ended in the middle of the Indian Ocean”.

“It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” he told reporters at an unexpected press conference at 10pm Malaysian time (01:00am AEDT).

He said the company which provided the initial satellite data and highlighted the possible northern and southern search corridors had conducted “further calculations” on the data which concluded the Boeing-777’s last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, “west of Perth”.

“Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path,” he said.

“Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites.”

Malaysia Airlines briefed the families of the passengers and crew during an urgent meeting prior to the Prime Minister’s announcement.

One relative was stretchered into the back of an awaiting ambulance after fainting while watching the overwhelming announcement from Beijing.

Fainted

One relative faints during the announcement from the Malaysian Prime Minister. IMAGE: Twitter

“We deeply regret that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” the Airline said in a statement.

“On behalf of all of us at Malaysia Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time.

“We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. We humbly offer our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.”

The Malaysian Prime Minister is expected to hold a more in depth press conference today.

It comes after the crew aboard an Australian aircraft spotted two large coloured objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean search zone, 2500km south-west of Perth on Monday afternoon.

The search team reporting seeing two objects – the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object.

A Chinese search plane also reported seeing two “big floating objects”, surrounded by smaller ones, on Monday while heading back to the search headquarters at RAAF Base Pearce in Perth.

The United States Navy are sending a state-of-the-art black box locator to the area.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority suspended the search for the wreckage in the southern Indian Ocean on Tuesday morning due to adverse weather conditions.

The international sea and air search will resume on Wednesday morning, providing the weather has eased.

50-year-old Gold Coast cyclist hospitalised after high speed crash

A 50-YEAR-OLD woman is recovering in hospital with facial injuries after a high-speed bicycle crash on the Gold Coast on Tuesday afternoon

Paramedics were called to the corner of Helensvale Road and Discovery Drive around 1.30pm following reports a woman had hit her head after coming off her pushbike at high-speed.

Helensvale resident Kerrie Hawker was first on the scene and said the woman was thrown head first into the pavement after losing her front tyre.

“We were coming out of our street and we noticed her coming down the hill at high speed and by the time we had entered the roundabout and turned, we saw her face down on the footpath,” Kerrie said.

“She thankfully had a helmet on but unfortunately she still hit the footpath face first.

“We pulled over straight away and called an ambulance as blood was pouring out of her head.

“The poor lady was in an awful state when Mum and I found her. She was in shock and couldn’t recall the accident.

Kerrie said the response from nearby council workers and passing motorists was comforting to see.

“The council workers pulled up behind me and did not leave the scene until the ambulance was ready to leave. They cleaned up the blood off the sidewalk. They were really top blokes.”

“Fortunately one lady who also pulled over was a nurse and was able to comfort the woman while I spoke to the triple-0 operator,” Kerrie said.

She was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment to facial injuries.

Rd4 Highlights – Bears v Jets

Burleigh Bears V Ipswich Jets at Pizzey Park, Burleigh. 2pm Sunday March 23, 2014

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On the downhill stretch

TWO years ago this week, a mild mannered mayor with very little flare was elevated to the highest office in the state.

Yes, it is the second anniversary of the LNP’s historic landslide victory.

And it’s been all downhill since then.

In just two years the LNP has lost four seats, had one minister forced onto the backbench, one disgraced MP forced to quit parliament and three MPs flee to other parties.

There are also some other fences they need to mend in the 12 months until the next election.

Premier Campbell Newman has personally peed off 14,000 sacked public servants – many of whom live in his now under threat electorate.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has peed off the Gold Coast with his flim flaming about the cruise ship terminal and decision to build a quarry where no one wants it.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls has peed off many with his faux privatisation listening tour where only selected, like-minded business types were actually consulted.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is fighting with the entire judiciary AND a furious former solicitor-general.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg is fighting with doctors and the AMA.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey is fighting with bikies.

And Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey is fighting with just about everyone else.

Now dozens of the LNP’s own MPs are panicking because the polls are showing the Newman Government is facing a massive swing which could see up to 30 seats lost.

A shell shocked Premier this week said he is surprised at the level of criticism levelled at him personally.

“I think that more than a lot of political figures, either nationally or in this state, I have had a lot of criticism thrown on me,” Mr Newman told The Courier-Mail.

Seriously? Did he completely miss the whole Julia Gillard thing?

Mr Newman went on to blame the public for not listening to him, particularly when it came to asset sales.

“What distresses me, it really worries me, is that it is very hard to have this debate ­because there are whole ­sections of the community that just switch off,’’ he said.

“It is almost like people are just taking their democracy for granted.”

Nope, they are just fed up with politicians saying one thing and doing another.

Happy anniversary.

 

 

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