New report virtually pinpoints MH370

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

French authorities captured satellite images of likely man-made objects floating in part of the southern Indian Ocean deemed most likely to hold MH370 wreckage, two weeks after the passenger jet went missing.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has today released an explosive new report that effectively narrows the search zone for the missing plane down to an area half the size of Melbourne.

An undated supplied image from Geoscience Australia shows a computer generated three-dimensional view of the sea floor obtained from mapping data collected during the first phase of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Boeing 777 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board and remains one of the most vexing aviation mysteries. These objects have not been definitely identified as MH370 debris, ' ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood said on Wednesday.

Hood said Geosciences Australia had analysed satellite imagery from the region in which the jet may have disappeared and found several man-made objects at the bottom of the ocean.

In July, a tiny island-country east of Africa has reported it has discovered two new pieces of debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Geoscience Australia has assessed 12 of the objects to be "probably man made" but can not determine whether they are aircraft 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".

The images were taken by a French Military satellite in late March 2014 but were discarded by authorities.

"The Malaysians have a no-find no-fee offer from United States exploration company Ocean Infinity which will use a collection of underwater drones to sweep the search area now thought most likely to contain the wreckage of MH370", wrote the Editor-in-Chief of Airline Ratings, Geoffrey Thomas.

In April, the CSIRO published modelling on the drift of a Boeing 777 flaperon that was consistent with the one from MH370 that was found washed up on La Réunion.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and other agencies, however, continued to conduct drift modelling and satellite analysis.

That report, released by the CSIRO in April, confirmed that the most likely location of MH370 was a new 25,000 square kilometre area, north of the original 120,000 square kilometre search area.

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