The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200 airliner that mysteriously vanished more than two years ago, on March 8 of 2014, will end in two months, according to a report in the British press on Wednesday.
At the same time the Australian government has taken a hacksaw to the funding allocated for the search — which after nearly two years has turned up nothing.
Five piece of debris believed to come from wreckage of the missing plane have been found by tourists on beaches in, and on islands off the coast of southeastern Africa.
The Australian Transportation and Safety Board, on the other hand, has confined its search effort to a strip of the southern Indian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia.
But new information uncovered by an American journalist this week has reinforced the suspicions of critics that the official search team has been looking in the wrong place the whole time, and that is why the Australian searchers have turned up no results — at a reported cost, according to Bloomberg News, of $130 million.
United States-based author and investigator Jeff Wise, who has written frequently on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 mystery, reported on his blog Monday that he had obtained a previously unreleased document from the French government which could point to a wreckage area far to the north of where the Australian-led search team has spent all of its efforts.
A large piece of wing, known as a flaperon, was discovered on French-owned Reunion Island off the African coast in July of 2015. French investigators have concluded that the flaperon was part of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane — but they have never released their full findings to the public.
The news report in the following video details the flaperon discovery on Reunion Island.
Wise obtained a report from the French meteorological agency, conducted by scientist Pierre Daniel, who ran extensive tests to determine how the flaperon drifted across the ocean over a 15-month period to wash up on Reunion Island.
The document shows that, due to the extensive growth of marine organisms known as Lepas on the flaperon, the debris fragment could not have drifted to Reunion from the currents search area — but instead from a site farther north, near Indonesia, as seen in the dark area in the following chart, taken from the document obtained by Wise.
Wise has made the entire document, which is written in French, available online, accessible by clicking on this link.
Read the full analysis by Wise of the newly uncovered French document at this link.
Last week a new computer analysis by mathematician Brock McEwen also showed that, based on drift patterns of the flaperon and other Flight MH370 debris fragments, the likely final resting place of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was considerably north of the search area known as “The Seventh Arc.” A study by German scientists in 2015, after the discovery of the flaperon, also came to the conclusion that the plane must have entered the water far north of the Seventh Arc area.
See the “Previous Coverage” box below for a link to the latest Inquisitr story about the new studies casting doubt on the Seventh Arc search area.
What does it mean if indeed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went down in the northern Indian Ocean, rather than to the south? Based on satellite data, investigators believe that the plane flew seven hours and thousands of miles off course until it ran out fuel, presumably flying on autopilot the whole time due to some unknown onboard catastrophe. But if the plane ended up nearer to Indonesia, it must have taken a turn to the north — which would indicate that someone, whether the plane’s pilot or a hijacker, was at the controls.
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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was carrying 239 passengers and crew, all of whom are missing, along with the vanished plane, and presumed dead. But their actual fate remains a complete mystery, and even as the official search for the Boeing 777-200 appears to be winding down with no results, the computer analysis conducted by three separate and unconnected researchers now suggests that whatever befell those 239 people was considerably more complicated and strange than previously believed.
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