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Malaysia Flight 370: Search For Missing Plane Found Unexpected Wreck

The Malaysia Flight 370 search has finally found something, but unfortunately it is not the missing plane. Instead, the search team managed to dip up an uncharted shipwreck that is over 100-years-old.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, it is claimed that “all pilots believe” there is no mystery to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. But some researchers say the Flight 370 search should be checking out evidence at certain airports.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is heading up the Flight 370 search, says the unexpected find came when sonar equipment on board a search vessel scouring the Indian Ocean detected objects nearly 2.5 miles below the surface. Although officials knew it was probably not the missing plane, they sent down an unmanned sub to take a look.

“It’s a fascinating find, but it’s not what we’re looking for,” Peter Foley, the ATSB’s Director of the Operational Search for Flight 370, said in a statement. “We’re not pausing in the search for MH370, in fact the vessels have already moved on to continue the mission.”

Michael McCarthy, a senior maritime archaeologist at the West Australian Maritime Museum, says the Flight 370 search managed to find a shipwreck of a cargo ship built in the second half of the 19th century.

“We’ve got quite a lot of stories about ships that sank in the Indian Ocean mid-voyage and you would be struggling to tell which is which unless you had a complete catalogue of all the ones lost,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “Being a fairly common type of cargo ship from the 19th century with no obvious cargo remains there, I doubt that anyone would pay the enormous cost of going down to look at it.”

Marine archaeologists are examining the photos taken by the Flight 370 search team, and they believe they have spotted the anchor in addition to what appears to be lumps of coal.

The Malaysia Flight 370 search will continue its mission, and they have already covered 75 percent of the original search zone. If they still have not found Malaysia Flight MH370 by the end of May, they plan on expanding the search area to include 23,000 more square miles.

Unfortunately, the Flight 370 search is being hampered by poor weather. Winter is closing in on the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the four remaining search vessels was required to withdraw since the worsening weather made it too difficult to launch their autonomous subs.

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