As the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 nears the two-month mark, frustrated investigators have yet to find any tangible evidence of the missing fuselage or any of the 239 passengers aboard. A recent report by Malaysian newspaper the New Strait Times, however, suggests that might be because they are looking in the wrong place.
Shortly after the disappearance, investigators began an exhaustive search of the area above which authorities were last able to track the flight. That effort, near the eastern coast of Vietnam, was scrapped when evidence showed the plane might have gone down elsewhere.
Experts have recently targeted their search to an area of the Indian Ocean off of Australia’s western coast. As Western Journalism previously reported, a series of pings believed to be from the plane’s black box were recovered from the area; and a deep-sea explorer was sent down to map the ocean floor for signs of the wreckage.
The Malaysian report, however, indicates at least some within the search team think that area could be another false lead.
“The thought of it landing somewhere else is not impossible,” the newspaper quoted one source, “as we have not found a single debris that could be linked to the MH370.”
Rumors that some nation is hiding the plane, however, “seems absurd,” the source cautioned.
Instead, the article suggests experts are now beginning to embrace the idea that the plane crash landed in a remote area. The search effort was reportedly limited from the beginning by the fact that communications satellites offered little concrete evidence of the plane’s speed, altitude, and direction for much of the flight.
“The reason investigators were forced to adopt a new algorithm to calculate the last known location of MH370 was because there was no global positioning system following the aircraft as the transponder went off 45 minutes into the flight,” a source confirmed.
Finding evidence by using the underwater explorer would rely solely on luck, the report concluded, noting that some on the team are recommending switching search locations.
“We can’t focus on one place too long as the ocean is very big,” a source explained.
Further hindering the search is the fact that some countries have apparently been less than forthcoming in releasing radar and other tracking information regarding the flight. In some cases, releasing all related data would be considered a security risk.
Malaysia, for instance, denied investigators any information after insisting no satellites had made contact with the flight.
“They informed us that not contact was made [and] that was the end of it,” a source concluded. “We can’t be forcing them to show us the data as they had already said there was nothing. However, if these countries do want to come forward, be it old or new data that has yet to be analyzed by our team, they are very welcome to do so.”
The ongoing saga surrounding this missing flight has captured the interest of individuals around the world, including millions of Americans who have paid close attention to the ongoing search efforts. If these latest concerns are valid, the long-awaited resolution might still be far off.
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