Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Bits Of Aircraft Could Soon Start Washing Up On Land, Experts Say

Nathan Francis

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared more than eight months ago, but experts think the missing airplane could be turning up very soon.

Back in April, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot called off the surface search for the missing plane, saying it was unlikely that debris would still be floating in the Indian Ocean. But many others think that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 could still be found, thanks to bits of the airplane that remained on the surface of the water and found their way to land.

"Our experience tells us that in water incidents, where the aircraft has gone down, there is always something," said Emirates Airlines CEO Tim Clarke.

In an in-depth analysis of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the The Huffington Post noted that in other airplane crashes at sea, floating debris has helped searchers pinpoint the plane.

The Australian Transport Safety Board has also noted on its website that bits of Flight MH370 could be showing up nearby.

"The ATSB continues to receive messages from members of the public who have found material washed up on the Australian coastline and think it may be wreckage or debris from MH370. The ATSB reviews all of this correspondence carefully, but drift modelling undertaken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority [AMSA] has suggested that if there were any floating debris, it is far more likely to have travelled west, away from the coastline of Australia. It is possible that some materials may have drifted to the coastline of Indonesia, and an alert has been issued in that country, requesting that the authorities be alerted to any possible debris from the aircraft."

While search crews are trying to find out where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ended up, investigators are still hard at work looking for why it went missing. Though many believe some sort of mechanical malfunction may have pushed the plane off course, others suggest that it was a deliberate act. New evidence from independent investigators points to a technically sophisticated hijacking.