The hunt for missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370 is preparing to enter into a new stage. Search vessels are set to arrive at a site in the Indian Ocean, more than 1,500 kilometres off the Western Australian coast, by the weekend. They will be carrying high-tech equipment including sonar and video cameras.
Experts now firmly believe the plane crashed somewhere in the area after veering off course during its Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight on 8 March, with 239 people on board. Up until now a massive land and sea search has failed to find any trace of the plane.
The first of the vessels contracted to conduct the underwater search departed Jakarta, Indonesia over a week ago. Prior to its departure special work had taken place to prepare the ship for the sea and weather conditions it would encounter.
Fugro Discovery, one of the ships beginning the high resolution search
A three-dimensional model of the seafloor terrain.
The latests phase of the search comes after months of detailed analysis and sea bed surveys, which indicated the aircraft should be found along a defined arc in the southern Indian Ocean, where it’s believed to have run out of fuel. The search area is being called the ‘priority area’ – and is an arc 23,000 square miles in size, roughly the size of Croatia.
This image captures the search area
Whilst experts are optimistic and hopeful of being able to give a definitive answer to those families effected, they have been quick to say that there is ‘no guarantees’ of finding the plane.
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