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Ocean drift analysis shows MH370 most likely in new search area - Australian scientists

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A crew member aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft is pictured alongside handwritten notes of other search craft in the area, during a search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean, March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

 

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A new ocean debris drift analysis shows missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 is most likely within a proposed expanded search area rejected by Australia and Malaysia in January, the Australian government's scientific agency said on Friday.

 

A A$200 million ($150.54 million) search for the aircraft, which went missing in 2014 with 239 people onboard, was suspended when the two nations rejected a recommendation to search north of the 120,000 sq km (46,000 sq mile) area already canvassed, saying the new area was too imprecise.

 

The new debris drift analysis suggests the missing Boeing 777 may be located in a much smaller 25,000 sq km (9,652 sq mile) zone within that proposed northern search area.

 

“This new work leaves us more confident in our findings,” Dr David Griffin, a principal research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) said in a statement.

 

The CSIRO report featured data and analysis from ocean testing of an actual Boeing 777 flaperon cut down to match the one from MH370 found on Reunion island off the coast of Africa in 2015, rather than the wood and steel models used in a previous test.

 

"We’ve found that an actual flaperon goes (drifts) about 20 degrees to the left, and faster than the replicas, as we thought it might," said Griffin. "The arrival of MH370’s flaperon at La Reunion in July 2015 now makes perfect sense."

 

The location of MH370, which went missing on a flight to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

 

Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said he welcomed the new CSIRO report but said it was important to note it did not provide new evidence leading to a specific location of MH370.

 

He said a copy of the report had been provided to Malaysia for consideration in its ongoing investigation into the disappearance of the aircraft.

 

“Malaysia is the lead investigator and any future requests in relation to searching for MH370 would be considered by Australia, at that time," Chester said.

 

($1 = 1.3286 Australian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Michael Perry)

 
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darksidedog    12,123

The complete disappearance of MH370 is truly mysterious. Something VERY unusual happened and I am sure everyone flying would like to find out what actually happened.

Unfortunately scouring deep oceans is expensive work. I hope the analysis and conclusions are strong enough to persuade Malaysia, China and Australia to resume efforts to find the aircraft and solve the mystery.

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boomerangutang    15,548

                        Another delay, during the period when the 'black box' was still putting out signals, was a Chinese search vessel in the region at that time.   It claimed it picked up a signal, so a NZ vessel was taken off its sector to meet with the Chinese vessel.  Apparently the NZ experts had better equipment with which to ascertain signals.  A short while later, it was found that the Chinese vessel had a false reading.  Maybe it was no big deal, but on the other hand, maybe taking the NZ vessel off its grid pattern was not cool.  Shortly after that, the black box signal died from a dead battery.

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IAMHERE    1,148

The  Malasian leader got a billion dollar bribe,   Malaysia can pay for the next search for their downed plane. 

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