Nuclear test experts to check if plane exploded

Nuclear test experts to check if plane exploded

Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris D. Boardman

A U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, Det 2, assigned to the guided-missile Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), lands aboard Pinckney during a crew swap before returning on task in the search and rescue for the missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard.

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 8:32 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the organization that monitors the nuclear test ban treaty says he has asked its experts to see if they detected an explosion at high altitude of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.

Lassina Zerbo, executive director of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization told a news conference Monday that the CTBTO uses "infrasound" — or infrasonic sensors — to monitor the earth mainly for atmospheric nuclear explosions.

Zerbo said infrasound is the most suitable technology to check if there was an explosion on the missing plane and if there was a monitoring station nearby, "or the explosion is at a level or at an amplitude that it could be detected.

He said he asked the head of the CTBTO's International Data Center to examine the infrasound data.

Print
Email
|