Debris field: looks like they found the missing plane.To the
families and friends: as best as you can, keep your eye on the eternal
perspective.Our prayers are with you.
Not so fast.1. Spotting debris in the ocean is not conclusive proof
of a plane crash. The place they're searching is right in the middle of
the Indian Ocean Garbage Patch that's basically a swirling area of floating
trash that's almost twice the size of Texas. It would be a surprise if
they weren't finding debris every day during this search.2. Things
floating in the ocean don't stay still. If this debris turns out to be
from the plane, it has likely floated several hundred miles since the plane went
down. You could maybe backtrack to figure out where the debris originally was,
but with complex weather, wind, and water currents, it's unlikely you could
do it with much certainty.3. Anything on an airplane with a linear
dimension of 75 feet is going to be a piece of a wing or fuselage. Both those
things are denser than water, therefore they will sink. Maybe some trapped air
kept them afloat for a while, but not this long. Any major pieces of that plane
are at the bottom of the ocean by now.
Indeed it looks like they found the plane. Sir Robin, I'll remind you when
you turn out to be wrong on this as well.Condolences to the
families, but hopefully this is the beginning of the healing process
Uh, Chris, where are you getting your news from? They have not found the plane.
In fact, the headline on CNN's website right now says "items spotted
by satellite found? Zero." In other words, they can't even find the
reported debris, much less the plane.