7 things we've learned from the search for Flight 370

Sergeant Matthew Falanga looks out of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion as it flies...

Sergeant Matthew Falanga looks out of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 22, 2014. China said on Saturday it had a new satellite image of what could be wreckage from a missing Malaysian airliner, as more planes and ships headed to join an international search operation scouring some of the remotest seas on Earth. REUTERS/Rob Griffith/Pool

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Here's a list of things we learned from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370:

1. There are a lot of large things floating in the ocean that can apparently be seen from space.

2. You can lose a plane. Despite technology that tells your friends around the world when you've arrived at what restaurant, planes carrying hundreds of people cannot be tracked very far off land. Pilots even say "good night" when they are heading out of range for the few hours it takes to reach communication again.


A map of a flight plan is seen on a computer screen during a meeting before a mission to find the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared from radar screens in the early hours of Saturday, at Phu Quoc Airport on Phu Quoc Island March 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

3. A plane's tracking and communication equipment can be turned off, and relatively easily. This is for safety reasons, specifically to isolate and save it from fire. We've also learned this equipment can, unfortunately, be easily destroyed by an onboard electrical fire -- one of the theories as to what happened to Flight 370.


A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat moves off from the Australian Navy ship, HMAS Success, as it travels to investigate a potential object sighting in the southern Indian Ocean during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in this picture released by the Australian Defence Force March 25, 2014.(REUTERS/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters)

4. There are hundreds of small uninhabited jungle islands in the Indian Ocean. Only 36 of the 572 Andaman Islands are populated.


Admiral Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish, Director General of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, looks at a radar screen while searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the South China Sea, about 185 km from Tok Bali Beach in Malaysia's Kelantan state, March 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/Handout via Reuters)

5. Despite computers that take fractions of seconds to calculate complicated math problems, it takes days and days to crunch numbers from sources to discover for certain that a missing plane ended up in the ocean. But we can't really blame the computers. Information on Flight 370 was painfully slow coming from various militaries, satellite monitors, and all others in charge of watching the skies.


Chinese action star Jet Li attends the 8th Netrepreneur Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province September 10, 2011. REUTERS/Steven Shi

6. Action star Jet Li had a regular stunt double. Actor Ju Kun was on the flight, on his way back to Bejing to pick up material for a new Netflix series, Marco Polo.


A man reads a local newspaper with its front page showing ocean gyre in the Indian Ocean might be affecting search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

7. There's a rotating current in the Indian Ocean called a "gyre" that swirls like a giant flushing toilet. And it has garbage in the middle.


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