The Minister of Defense and Transportation of Malaysia, Hishammuddin Hussein, confirmed yesterday that the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 is concentrated in the Indian Ocean, where they have sighted possible wreckage of the missing plane. Hussein, announced this Wednesday that 122 objects which could correspond to the aircraft Boeing 777-200ER from Malaysia Airlines which disappeared March 8 with 239 people aboard have been located via satellite. In a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Hussein has said that some of the objects measure up to 23 meters long and that an airbus satellite image shows a bright object that could be a solid material.
Hussein said that it was an area that covers about 469.407 nautical square miles, compared to 2.2 million square nautical miles that were announced on March 18. After being suspended yesterday by the bad weather, the search continues today.
The North corridor also tracked in Central Asia another of the possible routes that the plane could have followed after mysteriously changing course. According to satellites, the plane flew for hours in the Indian Ocean, where they had no chance of landing, so it is not expected to find survivors.
Hussein added, that thanks to an innovative technique that the Inmarsat satellite company has developed, it has found the path that the flight took once it changed course. The technique is based on the speed of the plane in relation to a satellite, the so-called ‘Doppler effect’, and concludes that the MH370 had its last position in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Despite official confirmation of the crash, remains of the plane have yet to be found. While they have detected objects that could belong to the aircraft, they have not been able to be confirmed because bad weather on Tuesday forced the suspension of the search. The Australian boat ‘HMS Success’ is in place, while on Wednesday the arrival of six Chinese boats are expected, including the icebreaker ‘Xue Long’ («Snow Dragon»). The American device Towed Pinger Locater, a underwater ‘drone’ which helps to find the black boxes from the aircraft, is being moved to Perth for use on the device.