There is still no sign of the missing Boeing 777 after over a year. Now searchers led by Australia go back to square one.
A Boeing 777 with 239 passengers is missing since over one year. An unbelievable situation in a day and age of complete surveillance and satellite technology. Humankind can land a spacecraft on an astroid, but not find a huge Boeing on Earth.
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As the search for MH370 has not turned up anything, the Australian-led search mission has gone back to square one now. The searchers are going back to reevaluate the data they have again to make sure they did not miss an area. Researchers also try to get more hints out of the available fight data. One approach involves to investigate airplane behavior when running out of fuel.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief Martin Dolan said according to News.com.au that the only solid information is the satellite handshakes tracking the plane over an arc in the southern Indian Ocean.
“We keep on running the ruler over that and our colleagues in the Defense, Science and Technology Organization are taking another look,” he said.
“We’ve done various things to verify it. We’ve taken known flights of comparable aircraft and applied the same techniques to the satellite data from those aircraft, and the methodology works well for that.
Last week the participating countries in the MH370 search, China, Australia and Malaysia, agreed to expand the search area in the southern Indian Ocean by 60,000 square kilometers. This means the search area has doubled.
While the search for MH370 is going on there is no shortage of new theories about what happened. Since the crash of the Germanwings plane in the French alps, the theory that the pilot commited suicide got new fuel.