Jet Search Turns to Black Boxes—Amid Protests
Bad weather halts search for debris
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2014 4:18 AM CDT
Updated Mar 25, 2014 7:44 AM CDT
Chinese relatives of passengers shout in protest as they march towards the Malaysian embassy in Beijing today.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

(Newser) – With the news that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean with all lives lost, searchers are now in a race against time to recover the aircraft's black boxes before the battery signal is lost, possibly in less than two weeks from now. The US Navy is sending a black box finder called a Towed Pinger Locator to the area along with a mini-sub, reports NBC. In other developments:

  • The search for debris was suspended today amid bad weather, and Australian officials say high winds and rain mean the search in the "extremely remote" area of the Indian Ocean probably won't resume for another 24 hours, the BBC reports. "We're not searching for a needle in a haystack," an Australian Defense Force official told reporters. "We're still trying to define where the haystack is."

  • In Beijing, furious relatives of the 154 Chinese passengers clashed with police outside the Malaysian embassy, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. In a statement, the families accused Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government of "wasting a large quantity of human resources and materials and lost valuable time for the rescue effort," saying that if the 154 passengers are indeed dead, the Malaysians are the "real executioners."
  • The Chinese government is also calling for more information, demanding that Malaysia turn over the data that led it to conclude the plane had been lost.
  • "We all feel enormous sorrow and pain," said the chief of Malaysia Airlines, which has offered relatives of passengers an initial $5,000 payment while the search continues. He declined to comment on whether he would step down when his part in the investigation has concluded, reports CNN.

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HANKHILL
Mar 25, 2014 9:43 PM CDT
why oh why dont they make "black boxes" that float?
RidersOnTheStorm
Mar 25, 2014 2:15 PM CDT
There is ZERO evidence the flight crashed into the Indian Ocean. What is the Malaysian government’s evidence that Flight 370 ended in the Indian Ocean and “all lives are lost?” They have no evidence. They have no bodies. They have no debris, no flight recorders, no sightings and no radar signatures that would put the aircraft in the Indian Ocean. Boeing 777’s do not “disappear”, nor do they crash without leaving any forensic evidence. Period.
DrBobNM
Mar 25, 2014 1:04 PM CDT
"..The Chinese government is also calling for more information, demanding that Malaysia turn over the data that led it to conclude the plane had been lost...." what data? We don't need no stinking data! They simply made a WAG, not wanting to consider that the plane made it to Pakistan. No one will admit possession, since it will bring a sh*tstorm down on them. It will be reverse engineered for future operations.