Friday 22 September 2017

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 'crashed north of abandoned search area in Indian Ocean'

The crew of survey ship HMS Echo helps in the underwater search for the flight recorder from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean
The crew of survey ship HMS Echo helps in the underwater search for the flight recorder from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean
Relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, comfort each other before a meeting with officials in Beijing (AP/Ng Han Guan)
Wen Wanchang, whose son was on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, reacts as he arrives at a train station in Beijing (AP)
Survey ship HMS Echo, with a Lockheed P-3 Orion overhead, helping the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean (MoD/PA)

Rod McGuirk

Analysis of a genuine Boeing 777 wing flap has reaffirmed experts' opinion that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is most likely to have crashed north of an abandoned search area in the Indian Ocean.

The £125 (€149) million search ended in January after a deep-sea sonar scan of 46,000 square miles south west of Australia failed to find any trace of the plane that vanished during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 2014, with 239 people on board.

But research has continued in an effort to refine a possible new search.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Friday it obtained a wing flap of the same model as the original and studied how that part drifted in the ocean.

Relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, comfort each other before a meeting with officials in Beijing (AP/Ng Han Guan)
Relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, comfort each other before a meeting with officials in Beijing (AP/Ng Han Guan)

Previous drift modelling had used inexact replicas.

The new analysis confirmed findings released in December that the plane had probably crashed north of the searched area.

Wen Wanchang, whose son was on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, reacts as he arrives at a train station in Beijing (AP)
Wen Wanchang, whose son was on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, reacts as he arrives at a train station in Beijing (AP)

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