Scientists believe they have pinpointed MH370 location

Yolanda Curtis
August 16, 2017

The Australian agency overseeing the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 released two new reports on Wednesday, which may help pinpoint where the Boeing 777 disappeared.

"While the report presented a thorough analysis of the refined MH370 ocean drift pattern based on available information and satellite images, we remain to be guided as to how this can be used to assist us in identifying the specific location of the aircraft", Azharuddin said in a statement.

The board said that the most likely location was about 1,800 miles west of Perth.

The ATSB is preparing a final report on the MH370 search, which is expected to be released by the end of next month.

However, Transport Minister Darren Chester indicated there was no plan to reopen the search for the missing jet, which was suspended in January after failing to find the plane in the 120,000 square kilometre area originally favoured by experts.

Several pieces of wreckage that washed up on Africa's east coast and were confirmed by authorities as either definitely or nearly certainly part of MH370 were found by private citizens, including American lawyer and self-funded amateur investigator Blaine Gibson.

Geoscience Australia has assessed 12 of the objects to be "probably man made" but can not determine whether they are aircraft debris.

'The information contained within the Geoscience Australia and CSIRO Reports may be useful in informing any further search effort that may be mounted in the future, ' Mr Hood said.

"The image resolution is not high enough to be certain whether the objects originated from MH370 or are other objects that might be found floating in oceans around the world".

The images taken by a French military satellite were discarded by governments and authorities in late March 2014 before the ATSB became involved in the search.

The Malaysian Airlines flight vanished on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to China.

The new reports appear to bolster the ATSB's conclusion that the plane most likely crashed north of the area it spent more than two-and-a-half years searching.

In April, the CSIRO published modelling on the drift of a Boeing 777 flaperon that was consistent with the one from MH370 that was found washed up on La Réunion.

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