Republican House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul accused the Malaysian government of “wasting a week” by searching for missing Flight 370 in all the wrong places, claiming that “all along it’s been in the southern Indian Ocean.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday, the Texas congressman seemed confident that new satellite images showing large pieces of floating debris hundreds of miles from Australia’s western coast will lead searchers to the missing Malaysian Air flight.
“As I said all along, I believe it’s in the Indian Ocean,” McCaul said. “I think the Malaysian government spent way too much time focusing on the northern route and the Gulf of Thailand [and] in Kazakhstan. It would’ve been picked up by radar, and we knew that. And I know satellite imagery given to the Malaysians established that.”
“But we wasted a week of precious time up in that region when all along its been in the southern Indian Ocean, I think is where the location is,” he continued. “I think this is hopeful that now we have the third satellite imagery of debris in this area. And the good news is we’ve confined it to, I think, the area where the debris is so we can get to the black box and finally find out what happened in this case.”
McCaul also downplayed one popular theory on the Malaysian Air flight’s disappearance — that the plane was diverted to a secret airstrip on land, possibly to be saved for some future nefarious purpose.
“In terms of landing it on a runway somewhere, probably less likely,” he said. “I think it’s in the Indian Ocean.”
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Correction: McCaul is the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.