MH370 Searchers Remain Hopeful

MH370 SearchersTwo years on from its disappearance, Malaysia and Australia said that they remain “hopeful” that flight MH370 will eventually be found.

The aircraft disappeared between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board.

Australian-led search teams are combing a 120,000 square kilometre area of the Southern Indian Ocean.

The BBC reports that the investigating team is led by Malaysia and includes experts from the US, China, Australia, France and Britain.

Only one confirmed piece of debris, a part of wing called a Flaperon, has been found, on Reunion Island.

The search for the wreckage is estimated to have cost more than $130m (£92m).

The countries have said it would end once the current search area has been completely covered, likely to be around June.

Malaysia Says Airplane Debris Is Part Of Boeing 777

boeing 777Malaysia has said that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as a Malaysian Airlines plane which vanished last year.

Malaysian officials  made the statement on Sunday.

An Australian-led search effort for the plane, MH370, has so far focused on a vast area of the southern Indian Ocean about 4,000km (2,500 miles) to the east of Reunion.

“This has been verified by French authorities together with aircraft manufacturer Boeing,” Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said.

No physical trace of the aircraft has been found.

Experts hope the 2-2.5 meter (6.5-8 feet) wing surface, known as a flaperon, and a fragment of luggage also found on Reunion could yield clues on the fate of Flight MH370, which disappeared without trace in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board.

“We know the flaperon has been officially identified as being part of a Boeing 777 aircraft,”  Lai said in a statement.

Malaysian officials, who were said to be heading to La Reunion on Saturday, had said they wanted to expand the area being searched for debris to other aviation authorities in other parts of the Indian Ocean.

It came after other reports that debris could have come from the plane washed up previously on beaches on La Reunion but was burned because it was not thought significant.

MH370 disappeared en-route, from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.

The debris, which was first flown to Paris, was driven to a military base near Toulouse, which specialises in analysing aviation wreckage.

 

MH370 Search: Officials Predict Debris Is Part Of Plane

mh370 Search and rescue officials involved in the MH370 search have said that they are quite optimistic that the debris found on the Indian Ocean Island of Reunion is that of the missing flight.

Martin Dolan, who heads Australia’s search efforts, also said that the operation was continuing “in the right place” in the southern part of the ocean.

The wreckage, said to be a wing part, is to be flown to France for analysis.

The Malaysia Airlines flight – a Boeing 777 travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing – vanished in March 2014.

There were 239 passengers and crew on board when the MH370 went missing.

Aviation experts who have studied photos of the debris said that it resembles a flaperon – a moving part of the wing surface – from a Boeing 777.

“There is no other recorded case of a flaperon being lost from a Boeing 777,” Mr Dolan said.

“We are confident we have the quality of the search to cover that area and find the missing aircraft,” he added.

 

 

MH370 Search: Experts Investigate Indian Ocean Wreckage

MH370Malaysia says it has sent a team to the French Indian ocean island of Reunion, to investigate whether debris which washed up there is from missing flight MH370.

Investigators had, however, gotten a new ray of hope 16 months after flight MH370 went missing.

The Malaysia airlines Boeing 777, vanished without a trace in March 2014. There were 239 people on board the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight.

Aviation experts said that the debris looked like a wing component from a Boeing 777, known as a flaperon.

But Malaysia airlines said it would be “premature” to speculate on its origin.

There were 227 passengers on the flight, including 153 Chinese and 38 Malaysians.

Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said “Whatever wreckage found needs to be further verified before we can further confirm whether it belongs to MH370”

He added, “So we have dispatched a team to investigate on this issues and we hope that we can identify it as soon as possible.”

During the initial days of the search for the plane, there were several reports of possible debris sightings in the waters closer to where authorities believed the plane went down, but none of those was actual wreckage.

Sarah Bajc, whose partner, Philip Wood, was on MH370, said her heart had been in her throat for most of the day.

“If ultimately this is the piece of the wing, then, that little thread of hope that I have been holding on to, will have to break. And reality would have to take over.

“But, yeah, up until now, I and most of the family members have continued to believe that until we have a body, we can’t give up hoping they will still come back.”