Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Australian exploration company claims wreckage of stricken jet could be in Bay of Bengal

An independent Australian exploration company believes it may have found signs of the wreckage, 5,000km from the current search zone

Malaysian authorise are to investigate claims that an independent Australian exploration company has found the wreckage of flight MH370 in the Bay of Bengal - 5,000 km away from the current search zone.  

According to Australia’s Channel 7 news, Adelaide-based GeoResonance began its own search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in March, and says it has now located possible wreckage in the north-eastern part of the Indian Ocean.

Last night Malaysia’s transport minister said they would be meeting with the committee behind the search for the wreckage to decide if they would investigate the company’s claims.

Experts working with GeoResonance used satellite and aircraft imagery and more that 20 technologies to analyse 2 million square kilometres of the possible crash area.

They compared their findings with images taken on March 5, three days before MH370 vanished from radar screens, and detected possible signs of wreckage on the same spot.

They now believe that authorities could have been looking in the wrong place.

David Pope, GeoResonance’s company spokesman, said: “The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370. We’re not trying to say that it definitely is MH370 - however, it is a lead we feel should be followed up.”

And Pavel Kursa, also from GeoResonance, told Channel 7 news the team had identified several elements consistent with commercial airliners.

“We identified chemical elements and materials that make up a Boeing 777… these are aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials,” he said.

 

The new lead comes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted the chances of finding debris on the surface were slim.

Yesterday, authorities decided to expand the search to include a new part of the ocean floor after the US Navy’s Bluefin sub detected no signs of the wreckage.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared without trace in March en-route from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it vanished from radar screens.

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