Transcript for Missing Malaysia Flight 370: Debris Spotted in Indian Ocean
We turn overseas and to the latest in the search for flight 370. New data from a French satellite now indicating what may be debris in that same area of the Indian ocean. It comes after those two other images, that first image from an Australian satellite Thursday. Last night, we showed you the image from a Chinese satellite. The debris roughly the same size. The distance between the spots, about 79 miles. Our team flying over the Indian ocean as authorities thousand prepare for the search underwater, as well. ABC's David Wright reporting in tonight on his flight looking for clues. Reporter: We set out today with the royal Australian air force. Our call sign, rescue 103. This p-3 Orion, it's old. But it's still one of the best sub hunters ever made. Our search area is 1,100 miles to the southwest. Reporter: Like everyone else out there, we're chasing whatever it was that was in that Chinese satellite image. Promising pings from the radar, but getting a visual? Forget it. Even at 250 feet, the cloud cover is too thick. It's been a problem all week. This is the poorest day we've had. Reporter: We circle back three times to that spot, but no visuals. So, they pass the radar contact onto an Australian warship nearby. And get back to searching our assigned grid. The new leads, including those unidentified objects located by a French satellite, may have narrowed the search area, but it's still tough going. We've been out three hours and there's just enough fuel to get back, but one final chance here, number eight. An earlier radar contact to check out. We're almost on top of it. Even if they do find a debris field on the surface, the heavy wreckage would likely be miles away and miles down. They'll need unmanned submersibles, like these. So, it's like a drone that goes underwater. Exactly. Reporter: They give a clear picture of the wreckage, including the black box recorders. If the plane was there, you would actually identify the wing, the plane. The whole lot. Reporter: The whole thing? Oh, yeah, absolutely. Reporter: But getting it out? That will be a whole new challenge. In the two weeks since flight 370 went missing, the total search area has been bigger than the continental U.S. Investigators now believe they're finally on the right track to finding the mess missing plane, but they're still no closer to solving the mystery. David? David Wright, thank you. I want to bring in our aviation analyst Stephen ganyard tonight. Steve, this intense search for the debris, this is very different from the search of the black box. We were reminded of this in the air France crash? Exactly, David. Remember that it was debris found five days after the crash of air farce burance but it was two years before we actually got to the black boxes. You reminded us, in the air France crash, the pinging in the black box, it wasn't working? That's right. Those pingers failed, they never heard them. They were right on top of the wreckage within days but it led them on this wild goose chase of an expanding search zone because they couldn't hear the pingers. And there's no guarantee the pinging is working in this case, either. In the meantime, it was last night here, viewers were asking about drones, why we weren't using them flying over the Indian ocean. But as you heard David Wright just report there, they are preparing to use a so-called underwater drone. How does this work, Steve? Right. They are quite useful. You are not putting anybody at risk. They can go to much deeper depths. They can carry lots of extra gear and they can stay down for a long time. They'll be quite useful in helping us find any potential wreckage on the bottom of the sea floor. All right, let's hope so. Steve ganyard, thank you. Be we turn now to Ukraine
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