Thursday 29 September 2016

MH370 hunt moves close to where British pilot believes plane crashed

Published 23/11/2015 | 08:35

The crew of survey ship HMS Echo in the southern Indian Ocean help in the underwater search for the flight recorder from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (MoD/PA)
The crew of survey ship HMS Echo in the southern Indian Ocean help in the underwater search for the flight recorder from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (MoD/PA)

Officials say the hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner has shifted to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where a British pilot believes the Boeing 777 made a controlled ditching last year with 239 people on board.

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is co-ordinating the search on Malaysia's behalf, said that the patch of ocean south-west of Australia that Captain Simon Hardy has determined is the most likely resting place of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will be searched through December.

Australian authorities, however, said they were not being guided by Mr Hardy's analysis, which has been widely published in recent months.

Martin Dolan, the bureau's chief commissioner, said the search was moving farther south because the southern hemisphere spring makes the extreme conditions in the southern ocean calmer.

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