Thursday, 17 August 2017

Has MH370 Been Found?

Could the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been found at last?  After years of searching, the  Australian authorities believe they have finally found the crash site of the missing jet.
Photo: Byrne Guy/Geoscience Australia

Australia has released satellite images it claims show 12 “probably man-made” objects floating in the sea near the suspected crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. The images were taken two weeks after MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014, these images have been analysed by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and enabled their researchers to suggest a new potential location for the impact site, an area of 1930 sq miles just north of the former search zone.

In a report issued this week, the Australian's state the detected objects appeared to be in clusters, rather than being  scattered randomly across the sea.  Researchers have a “high degree of confidence” that their in depth and complex drift models of the items indicated a probable impact site within that area, which is in a section of the Indian Ocean that has not yet been searched.

Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner of the ATSB, said it “may be useful in informing any further search effort that may be mounted in the future” Although he did downplay speculation that the missing aircraft wreckage had been found, saying,  “These objects have not been definitely identified as MH370 debris.   -   The image resolution is not high enough to be certain whether the objects originated from MH370 or are other objects that might be found floating in oceans around the world.”

Last year some debris washed up on beaches on the island of Reunion which had been confirmed as parts from the missing Boeing 777 however since then, nothing has been found.  It is hoped that these newly released satellite images, which came from the French military, could reignite the desire to resume searching for the remains of the aircraft and the 239 people that had been on-board when it disappeared.   


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