The Boeing 777 carrying 239 flew far off course for unknown reasons after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8, 2014.
On January 29, 2015, Malaysia said that Flight MH370 was declared an accident under worldwide aviation regulations, and that all 239 people on board the flight were presumed dead. Ten aircraft – from Australia, China, the United States and Japan – searched the area.
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Only a two-metre-long (almost seven-foot) flaperon wing part that washed up on a Indian Ocean island beach last July has been confirmed as from the aircraft, although suspected debris found in Mozambique this week could be another breakthrough.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The Mozambican sandbank where a possible piece of a missing Malaysian airliner was found is in waters with treacherous currents and is not normally visited by tourists, a hotel owner said Friday. But Cmdr. Joao Abreu, the chief executive of the Mozambique Civil Aviation Authority, told CNN’s David McKenzie that the piece of debris might belong to a “medium-sized plane” and not a 777.
Authorities have said that the search will not be expanded in the absence of fresh clues.
“There’s always been that uncertainty, which is why we’ve said we’re working with probability, we say it is very probable that the aircraft is in our search area, but it’s not certain”.
Gomes, standing on a stage at a shopping mall in a Kuala Lumpur suburb with more than two dozen relatives of passengers, said the families are united in fighting for the cause.
Dolan said the object would need to be taken from east Africa to the investigation’s headquarters in the Australian capital and could arrive “early next week” – possibly on the exact two-year anniversary of MH370’s disappearance.
Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said the location of the debris matches investigators’ drift modelling and would therefore confirm that search crews are looking in the right place for the main underwater wreckage.
The search team has been operating on the theory that no one was steering the plane when it crashed, but some critics have argued there may have been someone controlling the plane at the end of its flight.
Blaine Gibson found the remains of an airplane in a sandbar named Paluma in Mozambique.
Everything started on March 8, 2014.
In the aftermath of the plane’s disappearance, the airline industry and aviation authorities around the world pledged to find ways to better track airliners, especially over expanses of ocean where there’s no radar coverage.
A US official said it was likely the wreckage came from a Boeing 777 like MH370, and Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said there was a “high possibility” the part came from that type of plane.
“They (the governments) are aware of the potential other scenarios but they are saying that 120,000 square kilometres is the most that’s practicable for governments and for us”.