MH370 searchers stumble across 200-year-old shipwreck, but no plane
Search for the elusive plane which vanished nearly two years ago leads investigators to 19th century shipwreck
Published 13/01/2016 | 16:40
The search team which is tirelessly working to track down the remains of flight MH370 have made an astonishing discovery - but it has little to do with the missing plane.
Instead the hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has led to the discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck, deep underwater.
The wreck is estimated to have gone down during the 19th century, sinking nearly four miles through the ocean's depths.
From a distance, the large metal object lurking at the bottom of the ocean would have looked eerily similar to a downed plane.
Little is known about the derelict ship, which appears to have been used to transport cargo, least of all what led it to sink in the first place.
But the Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre, which was tasked with the search, will have felt bitterly disappointed when they learned the mysterious shape, detected by sonar, was merely an old wreckage.
"In the absence of credible new information that leads to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, governments have agreed that there will be no further expansion of the search area," Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), which is overseeing international search efforts, said in a statement.
MH370's 239 passengers and crew vanished during a flight to Kuala Lampur in 2014 and investigators have only found a handful of clues as to its fate.
The search has so far been focus on a remote part of the Indian Ocean where the plane is believed to have gone down.
Last July a piece of the plane was discovered on the island of Reunion, sparking fresh hopes that the mystery of the Malaysian Airlines plane was close to being solved.
The flaperon, a piece of the plane's wing, was stumbled upon by a beach cleaner, who also claimed to have seen an airplane seat on the beach.
But the riddle continues to baffle investigators, who have little to go on besides the flaperon and tide analyses which suggest the wreckage was swept through the Indian Ocean.