The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is probably outside the stretch of ocean that international search ships have scoured for the past two years, according to the First Principle Review Report on MH370 released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on December 20th 2016.
The new conclusions appeared to be based largely on extensive scientific models of how the debris pieces might have drifted off the ocean which indicated it was more likely the plane had gone down north of the existing search area.
ATSB experts had identified an area of 25,000 square km to the north of the current search area as the area with the highest probability of containing the aircraft wreckage, however affirm should the area to be searched, prospective areas to locate the aircraft wreckage, all the analysis would be exhausted.
Datuk Aziz Karpawi, Deputy Transport Minister told Malaysia will hold a meeting with Australia and China to deliberate on the future direction of the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 that has been missing since March 8th, 2014 following to the report findings.
The aircraft, Boeing 777-200ER, Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Hence, a multinational search triggered the search of the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea whence the aircraft’s signal was last detected on the secondary surveillance radar.
Evidence of military radar and ‘pings’ of satellite communications from the aircraft and Immarsat’s satellite communications network, led the search to continue at the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean.
It remains uncertain whether the new zone will be searched. Malaysia, Australia and China, which are funding the search, said they would not extend it, last July. The search operations are currently set to wrap up in early 2017.