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Published: Wednesday, March 26 2014 11:49 a.m. MDT

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A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

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.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

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.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

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.

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