MH370 unlikely to be in search area: investigators

MH370 unlikely to be in search area: investigators

MH370 unlikely to be in search area: investigators

Written by Charitha Fernando

20 Dec, 2016 | 1:28 pm

Investigators scouting for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have said the plane is unlikely to be found in the current search area of the southern Indian Ocean, foreign media reports said.

The latest report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) tasked to coordinate the search says “there is a high degree of confidence that the previously identified underwater area searched to date does not contain the missing aircraft”.

Search teams have been looking for the aircraft in a 120,000 sq km (46,332 sq miles) part of the southern Indian Ocean over a period of two years.

Media reports citing Australian officials said the search operation which is nearing its scheduled end in February 2017 will not be extended without information of a”specific location” for the aircraft.

MH370 disappeared while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board in 2014.

Experts working on the search identified a new area of approximately 25,000 sq km to the north of the current search area that could have the “highest probability” of containing the wreckage.

The ATSB is awaiting feedback from the Malaysian, Chinese and Australian governments to search the new location, which experts say could possibly be the last area where the plane could be located.

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