Join Date: May 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,320
Air Traffic Control radar does not track "exact" location like you're thinking, and satellite imagery does not track in real time. They were almost at their cruising altitude and could have travelled quite far on the decent. As a result, the search pattern can be hundreds of square miles. And that's just two of many variables.
Big generalization: if an aircraft comes apart in flight, debris is usually scattered far and wide (think Space Shuttle). It is possible to vanish without a trace, but unlikely. That scenario is more likely if the aircraft hits intact at high speed.
Of the dozens of ocean searches I've been part of, we never found an object where calculations said it would be.
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