‘MH370 rest­ing place will even­tu­ally be found’

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SYD­NEY: The rest­ing place of miss­ing Flight MH370 will even­tu­ally be found, but it will re­quire ad­vances in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, Malaysia Air­lines’ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter Bellew said.

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,” he told The Aus­tralian news­pa­per, adding the dis­cov­ery “might un­lock clo­sure for some peo­ple”.

Bellew, in an avi­a­tion sum­mit here, 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 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 2m wing part known as a flap­eron.

“(There are peo­ple) who are spend­ing a lot of their own re­sources at the mo­ment and co­or­di­nat­ing with au­thor­i­ties... I do think some­body will make a break­through some­where around this, or a com­bi­na­tion of peo­ple,” Bellew said.

“It will cre­ate a sit­u­a­tion where there will be some chance of pin­point­ing the lo­ca­tion of where the air­craft may well be.”

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

Peter Bellew

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