MH370 Investigators Finds Old Shipwreck, But no Plane
MH370 investigators finds old shipwreck, but no plane
The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which vanished nearly two years ago, hasn’t provided the answers that investigators and grieving families were looking for, but it hasn’t been entirely fruitless, either. MH370 investigators finds an unexpected waif - 19th century shipwreck hiding 3.7 kilometers beneath the ocean surface. From a distance, the large metal object lurking at the bottom of the ocean would have looked bizarrely similar to a downed plane. The shocking extent of garbage floating around the sea was one early revelation, and now the remains of two uncharted shipwrecks have been found.
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. Although Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (which is overseeing international search efforts) have felt bitterly disappointed when they found out that detected by sonar mysterious shape 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 JACC said in a statement.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
An Australian-led team continues to scour the southern Indian Ocean seabed in hope of finding the final resting place of MH370, which vanished on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The search for MH370 is supposed to span 120,000 square kilometers of the sea floor in total. Since the plane disappeared in March 2014, approximately 80,000 square kilometers have been searched. Last July a two-metre-long (almost seven-foot) flaperon wing part was discovered on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, sparking fresh hopes that the mystery of the Malaysian Airlines plane was close to being solved. The piece of the plane was stumbled upon by a beach cleaner and was confirmed to be from the ill-fated flight, marking the first concrete evidence that it met a tragic end.
Investigators believe MH370 ran out of fuel and crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean, sparking one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. Speculation on the cause of the plane’s disappearance has focused primarily on a possible mechanical or structural failure, a hijacking or terror plot, or rogue pilot action. Despite the satellite evidence pointing to the plane going down, many Chinese relatives of those on board remain skeptical and are convinced their loved ones are alive, perhaps being held at an unknown location. Analysts have said that only by locating the crash site and recovering the black box will authorities be able to solve the mystery of why the plane went down.
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