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澳大利亚发现疑似失联飞机残骸

2014-03-21    来源:中国网    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

概要:据澳大利亚广播公司(ABC)报道,澳大利亚总理托尼·阿博特称一架澳飞机在南印度洋发现了疑似失联飞机残骸。

阿博特表示,澳大利亚海事安全局根据卫星画面观测到两个疑似与失联的MH370客机有关的物体,一架澳大利亚P-3猎户座飞机已经前往该地区核实。

据媒体此前报道,根据美国运输安全局的最新分析,澳大利亚海事安全局19日缩小了对马航失联客机的搜索范围,其面积比18日划定的缩小一半,约30万平方公里。

澳大利亚应马来西亚方面的请求,负责协调在南印度洋海域搜索马航失联客机。从18日上午开始,澳大利亚的飞机在珀斯西南3000公里以外海域进行搜索。

Australia finds possible MH370 debris

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Thursday that objects possibly related to the search for the missing Malaysian flight MH370 had been found in the southern Indian Ocean.

Addressing Parliament, Abbott said new satellite images show two possible objects in the ocean and an Australian Orion aircraft is on its way to the area.

New and credible information had come to light in relation to the search, the prime minister said.

"Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified," Abbott said.

"We must keep in mind the task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370." The Australian prime minister also said he had informed his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak about the new developments.


澳大利亚海事安全局发布疑似碎片的卫星图。

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)P3 Orion has been dispatched Thursday by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)'s Rescue Coordination Centre Australia (RCC Australia) after AMSA reported two objects possibly connected to the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370.

The Orion is being followed by three other vessels and will arrive at the location within the next hours.

AMSA's RCC Australia will hold a media briefing at 3.30 p.m. AEST as it continues to coordinate the search for the missing Malaysian flight.

Extensive search activities have continued throughout Thursday in the Southern Indian Ocean within the Australian Search and Rescue Region.

Assets that will be involved in the southern ocean search include a (RAAF) P3 Orion, a US Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion.

There are now RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft assigned to the search task being coordinated by AMSA.

Five merchant ships responded to a broadcast to shipping issued by RCC Australia on Monday night.

Four merchant ships have transited through the area over the past two days with a fifth ship expected to arrive in the area.

Xinhua has been told by an AMSA spokesman of the areas extreme remoteness.

"It is a challenging search operation and AMSA continues to hold grave fears for the passengers and crew on board the missing flight." The spokesman said.

Australian assets en route to site

A merchant ship that responded to a broadcast from the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) on Monday will arrive in the area about 6pm AEDT.

The HMAS Success is also en route to the area, but AMSA says the Durance class ship will not reach the search zone for "some days".

Mr Young says the Success is "well equipped to recover any objects located and proven to be from MH370".

One of the RAAF aircraft, a C-130 Hercules, will drop marker buoys in the area to assist the RCC in providing information about water movement for drift modelling.

"They will provide an ongoing reference point if the task of relocating the objects becomes protracted," Mr Young said.

Flight MH370 has been missing since it disappeared en route to Beijing from Malaysia on March 8.

So far the investigation has focused on the possibility that the plane was deliberately diverted from its flight path.

The plane is thought to have travelled in either of two directions: north west into Asia or south west into the Indian Ocean.

Australia has been leading the search in the southern vector, specifically an area 3,000 kilometres south-west of Perth.

AMSA says the search zone covers 600,000 square kilometres of ocean and has been plotted using data based on the last satellite relay signals sent by the plane.

The search now encompasses an area stretching 7.7 million square kilometres - an area larger than the entire land mass of Australia.

MH370 thought likely to have flown into Indian Ocean

Last night a source close to the investigation told Reuters that authorities probing the jet's disappearance believed it most likely flew into the southern Indian Ocean.

That view was based on the lack of any evidence from countries along the northern corridor that the plane entered their airspace, and the failure to find any trace of wreckage in searches in the upper part of the southern corridor.

"The working assumption is that it went south, and furthermore that it went to the southern end of that corridor," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

China, which is leading the northern corridor search with Kazakhstan, said it had not yet found any sign of the aircraft crossing into its territory.

Malaysian and US officials believe the aircraft was deliberately diverted perhaps thousands of miles off course, but an exhaustive background search of the passengers and crew aboard has not yielded anything that might explain why.

Last week, a source familiar with official US assessments said it was thought most likely the plane flew south, where it presumably would have run out of fuel and crashed into the sea.

Overcome relatives grow angry with bungled investigation

Malaysian authorities have launched an investigation after anguished Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing flight stormed into a media centre in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday, calling on authorities to "give us back our families".

Two-thirds of the 239 people on the missing flight are Chinese and the drip feed of often conflicting information has sparked fury among desperate relatives and drawn condemnation from Chinese authorities.

Amid chaotic scenes, the relatives were besieged by camera-wielding reporters awaiting the start of a daily press briefing by Malaysian officials on the search for the missing aircraft.

Shouting and crying, the relatives unfurled a banner that accused the Malaysian authorities of withholding information and not doing enough to find the plane.

"They give different messages every day. Where's the flight now? We can't stand it anymore," one woman wailed. (china.org.cn)



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