Those searching a patch of the southern Indian Ocean for debris from Flight 370 just got their latest reminder that the sea is full of trash and other objects that have nothing to do with the missing jetliner, via USA Today:
Orange objects spotted by a search plane hunting for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet turned out to be nothing more than fishing equipment, Australian officials said Monday as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ....
On Sunday, an Australian pilot searching for the plane, which was lost with 239 people aboard, a majority of them from China, said his crew spotted four orange items that could serve as a "promising lead" in the investigation. But on Monday, Jesse Platts, a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, said the objects had been analyzed and officials had confirmed "they have nothing to do with the missing flight."
Despite the latest false lead, Abbott suggested that Australia has no plans on giving up the search any time soon. The Australian prime minister told reporters in Perth—which is serving as the base for the search—that searchers are "well, well short" of any point where they would scale the hunt back despite the fact none of the objects spotted on satellite or from the air have been definitively linked to Flight 370. "We owe it to everyone to do whatever we reasonably can and we can keep searching for quite some time to come," he said, according to the Associated Press. "And, as I said, the intensity of our search and the magnitude of operations is increasing, not decreasing."