Back To Square One In Search For MH370

Malaysian Airlines

It’s back to square one for the search of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 after Australian officials on Thursday announced the search of the 850sqkm area, believed to be the “final resting place” of the plane had turned up no results.

“The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgment, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370,” said a statement from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) on Thursday.

This after the United States (US) Navy conceded underwater signals from what was believed to have been the plane’s black box, which sends out regular signals (pings) to keep track of its location, did not come from the Boeing 777 at all.

“Our best theory at this point is that (the pings were) likely some sound produced by the ship [used to search for the boat]… or within the electronics of the towed pinger locator,” the deputy director of ocean engineering at the US Navy, Michael Dean, told CNN earlier on Thursday.

The flight disappeared on the 8 March this year. It went off radar shortly after it departed from Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, headed for Beijing. A total of 239 passengers and crew members were aboard the flight when it vanished.

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