The search is back on for the infamous missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 that went missing in 2014.
What we know so far of the search and debris found.
Ocean Infinity, the United States seabed exploration firm, confirmed on January 3, 2017, that its search vessel is moving to look for debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared in 2014, Reuters reports. The company would search for the aircraft on ‘no find, no pay’ basis, according to reports of the contract signed today.
According to the publication, the private company sent out the vessel towards the possible search area for MH370 in order to use an upcoming favorable “weather window”.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared from radars on March 8, 2014, less than an hour after takeoff. There were 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777 aircraft. So far, several pieces of debris suspected to come from the aircraft have been found at different locations, including in Mozambique, South Africa and the French island of Reunion.
In January 2017, the Australian government’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), tasked with coordinating the search, stated that the search for the plane had concluded unsuccessfully nearly three years after the aircraft disappeared. The total cost of the search came to some $145 million. Malaysia then agreed with other Indian Ocean states to allow private searches for the plane wreckage with an agreement on debris management in place.
In October 2017 the Australian Transport Safety Bureau released the final report, summing up the already concluded search of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in which it claims that “the understanding of where MH370 may be located is better now than it has ever been”.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau claims that it the possible location of the missing MH370 is now identified to be within an area of less than 25,000 square kilometers. Some independent oceanographic studies concluded that the crash site is not in the initial 120,000 square kilometer search area, but further north. For instance, a European study placed the crash site between 28°S and 35°S, while a study by University of Western Australia puts it between 28°S and 33°S. – Aerotime News.
This comes as some form of comfort to the families of the affected passengers to at least have some confirmation and explanation as to what really happened on that fateful flight. Its no easy task searching for an aircraft in the ocean which is like searching for a needle in a haystack. A plane weighing over 200 000 kg is enormous on the ground but in a vast ocean it does not even show as a dot from orbiting satellites. Our thoughts still remain with the affected families and wish this search team all the best.
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