Malaysia Plane MH370 Search: Fresh Hunt Begins 1,100km Away from Previous Zone; Aircraft Spots Unverified Objects Immediately
By Gopi Chandra Kharel | March 28, 2014 9:21 PM EST
Latest Update: AMSA says one of its planes has spotted objects in the new area, to be confirmed by ship on Saturday.
RNZAF Orion spotted objects in #MH370 search area, identity to be established. Soon to land @ RAAF Pearce. AMSA awaiting imagery. 1/2
AMSA Press Release
The search area for the plane has now shifted to 1,100 km away from previous zone. (Picture: AMSA)
— AMSA News (@AMSA_News) March 28, 2014
Sightings need confirmation by ship - not expected until tomorrow. #MH370 2/2 — AMSA News (@AMSA_News) March 28, 2014
The Search and rescue teams appear to have been looking for possible clues of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the wrong place until now, as the search area has been moved Friday to a new part of the Indian Ocean due to what has been called a "credible lead".
The Australian maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has said that now search for the ill-fated plane would now focus on an area 1,000km (684 miles) north-east of the place where they have been searching for possible wreckage.
The move was based on further analysis of data from radar system that reportedly showed the plane was flying faster than previously thought, thus using more fuel. The data suggests therefore, that the plane crashed into the ocean north of where ships and aircrafts have been painstakingly searching for possible clues.
Adding to the agony and anguish of desperate family members, the new analysis tend to suggests that the hundreds of floating objects seen through satellite images and previously thought be possible wreckage had no possibility of being form the missing plane after all.
The new location tends to be consistent with sighting of a low flying aircraft by fishermen and villagers in the north east of Malaysia at around the same time the Malaysian plane made a U-turn over the South China Sea before heading back towards Malaysia, the Daily Mail notes.
The new possible crash area now lies about 1,850km (1,100 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth and covered a dizzying area of 319,000 square kilometers.
Search teams will now have more time to fly due to the search area's proximity to land.
"The new information is based on continuing analysis of radar data between the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca before radar contact was lost," AMSA said in a statement.
"It indicated that the aircraft was travelling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft travelled south into the Indian Ocean".
MH370 Fact File
The wide-body jet, carrying 239 people onboard, was reported to have vanished from the civilian air-traffic control radar in the wee hours of Saturday 8 March, only about an hour into its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
While the inability to solve the puzzle surrounding the bizarre disappearance of the plane has become a breeding ground for uncanny theories and explanations doing their rounds on the Internet, the event has prompted a massive international air and water search, which so far has not produced any tangible results.
Even as more than 26 nations were involved in a massive search, none of the sources have been able to tell how the ill-fated flight landed up in the southern Indian Ocean in the first place.
Authorities have also not been able to confirm if the jet was hijacked. The circumstances in which the plane simply disappeared have been called as the 'biggest mystery' in the history of Aviation industry.
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