Australian PM hints at new search for missing flight MH370

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The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, suggested that the search for the missing plane of doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, could be resumed.

The statement came after the Aust­ralian Transport Safety Bureau is to release a report on its unsuccessful search for the aircraft, which may also present new ­evidence for the claim that it is “highly likely” the Boeing 777 lies in a proposed new search zone to the north of the earlier search zone.

Turnbull reportedly discussed the issue with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and said that Australia “stands ready to do everything it can” to find the plane.

The earlier joint search by Australia, China and Malaysia ended in January this year. It was the largest in aviation history and covered more than 120,000 square kilometers of the Southern Indian Ocean, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

However, the three countries said that the search would only be suspended until “credible new evidence” can lead to a “specific” location.

No actual evidence, but valuable hints came recently from scientists and ocean experts at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. They concluded from a new detailed drift modelling study charting the discovery of debris from the plane found on and off the eastern coast of Africa that the aircraft likely lies in the proposed new target zone spanning a relatively smaller area of 25,000 square kilometers north of the earlier search zone.

However, no concrete plans have been drawn up as to when a new search would commence.

The missing MH370 was a scheduled passenger flight carrying 227 passengers, mainly Chinese, and 12 Malaysian crew members. The reason for its disappearance is still unknown.

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The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, suggested that the search for the missing plane of doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, could be resumed. The statement came after the Aust­ralian Transport Safety Bureau is to release a report on its unsuccessful search for the aircraft, which may also present new ­evidence for the claim that it is “highly likely” the Boeing 777 lies in a proposed new search zone to the north of the earlier search zone. Turnbull reportedly discussed the issue with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak...

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The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, suggested that the search for the missing plane of doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, could be resumed.

The statement came after the Aust­ralian Transport Safety Bureau is to release a report on its unsuccessful search for the aircraft, which may also present new ­evidence for the claim that it is “highly likely” the Boeing 777 lies in a proposed new search zone to the north of the earlier search zone.

Turnbull reportedly discussed the issue with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and said that Australia “stands ready to do everything it can” to find the plane.

The earlier joint search by Australia, China and Malaysia ended in January this year. It was the largest in aviation history and covered more than 120,000 square kilometers of the Southern Indian Ocean, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

However, the three countries said that the search would only be suspended until “credible new evidence” can lead to a “specific” location.

No actual evidence, but valuable hints came recently from scientists and ocean experts at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. They concluded from a new detailed drift modelling study charting the discovery of debris from the plane found on and off the eastern coast of Africa that the aircraft likely lies in the proposed new target zone spanning a relatively smaller area of 25,000 square kilometers north of the earlier search zone.

However, no concrete plans have been drawn up as to when a new search would commence.

The missing MH370 was a scheduled passenger flight carrying 227 passengers, mainly Chinese, and 12 Malaysian crew members. The reason for its disappearance is still unknown.

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