Report: Malaysia 370 search likely missed debris
An Australian report Tuesday about the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 offered the tantalizing conclusion that search planes “almost certainly” flew over debris floating on the Indian Ocean weeks after the crash, but missed it.
Like much about the search for the Boeing 777 that went missing March 8, 2014, with 239 people aboard, the location of the crash can’t be confirmed unless the main wreckage is eventually found.
But the 14-page report from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization said numerous pieces of the plane should have been widely dispersed and visible to search planes flying March 28 through April 1, 2014, and not bunched too close together to avoid detection.
Under two models about how the debris drifted, “the potential debris field was almost certainly overflown on several occasions during this 5-day period,” the report said.
The $160 million search was suspended in January after a painstaking sonar sweep of a section of ocean floor about the size of Pennsylvania and nearly 4 miles deep in spots.