New tech ‘will lead to MH370 dis­cov­ery’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

SYD­NEY — The rest­ing place of miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 will even­tu­ally be found but it will re­quire ad­vances in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, the car­rier’s chief said Tues­day.

No trace of the Boe­ing 777, which dis­ap­peared in March 2014 with 239 peo­ple on board, was found dur­ing a lengthy deep-sea hunt in the south­ern In­dian Ocean off western Aus­tralia, with the search called off in Jan­uary.

“There will be ad­vances in sci­ence that will help lo­cate the wreck­age even­tu­ally,” the com­pany’ chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Bellew said, adding the dis­cov­ery “might un­lock clo­sure for some peo­ple”.

Bellew, in Syd­ney for an avi­a­tion meet­ing, said the ad­vances could come through “the avail­abil­ity of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence that’s com­ing on stream”, high-ca­pac­ity com­put­ing power and univer­sity research.

He did not give fur­ther de­tails about what spe­cific research could lead to a break­through, but added that pri­vate ef­forts to lo­cate the plane could also play a part.

So far, three frag­ments of MH370 have been found on western In­dian Ocean shores, in­clud­ing a two-meter wing part known as a flap­eron.

Aus­tralia’s na­tional sci­ence body CSIRO said in April that MH370 was “most likely” ly­ing north of the for­mer search zone — a 120,000 square kilo­me­ter area largely de­fined through satel­lite “pings” and the flight’s es­ti­mated fuel load.

But Trans­port Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester has said the un­der­wa­ter probe would not re­sume un­less new ev­i­dence emerges.

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