Malaysia's Delayed Release of Information Impacts Search

Col. Stephen Gaynard explains how the flow of information may have complicated the search.
3:00 | 03/21/14

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More on this from our aviation consultant Steve ganyard. Ginger outlined the challenges there so well. On the surface the ocean is so rough and moving so fast and then again it's also so deep. That's right, George. Another thing to consider here is the current moves one way and the wind moves another and so the current is pushing that debris along and the wind is pushing it in a different direction so not only moving it away from the impact site but dispersing it and I think that goes to a point here that we need to consider this search in two separate entities here. There's a surface search where there's debris on the water, they have airplanes out there looking out the window but then there's a subsurface search and that's what the Australians are asking for help with. In the air France mishap the U.S. Navy provided underwater -- sort of like microphones on a batmobile that flies around at low altitudes next to the ocean floor that can listen to that pinger so, again, we need to think about there's a surface search and then hundreds of miles away is the impact point but I think so much time has gone by and so much drift has occurred that just finding the wreckage really isn't going to help us find that impact point. That raises the question of how seriously this whole investigation has been hampered by the Malaysian delay. Malaysians' delay in letting out this key information. You bet. It's not just that we's run down the clock a bit on the pingers that David was talking about but it's this dispersal. If we had been able to get out to the wreckage earlier and been able to do a little bit of backtracking to figure out where the impact point might have been it would have helped us find where the wreckage is on the ocean floor. But at this point I think we have two separate searches going on. We have to think about above the ocean and below the ocean but they really don't have much of any inoperability at this point.

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