Australian Transport Safety Bureau suggests that they managed to pinpoint MH370 location and that they are one stop from recovering it.
The bureau claims that it had been carrying out several simulations and tests and that they are sure MH370 crashed into the sea just north of the originally-set search area. On Friday, the CSIRO, Australia’s chief science agency, released a report for the ATSB. The report confirms that all tests carried out by using genuine mock-up wings and parts of a Boeing 777 suggest that the aircraft went slightly off-course and hit the ocean surface in an area that has not been searched so far.
Earlier this year, Australian authorities decided to call off the MH370 search after failing to pinpoint the wreckage for nearly three years. However, just when they pulled back all search and rescue teams, scientists at CSIRO decided to analyze the flaperon mirror which was found on the shores of Reunion Island in July 2015.
They carried out several tests and used an identical flaperon to mirror the damage that had occurred to the one from MH370, found on the Island. It confirmed their original suspicions – the jet did indeed crash into the Indian ocean, but not in the area that was searched by rescue crews.
David Griffin from CSIRO research team explains that these findings “indicate that the most likely location of MH370 is in the new search area, which hasn’t been scoured by rescue crews so far. We cannot be absolutely certain, but that is where all the evidence we have point us, and this new work leaves us more confident in our findings”.
The report was welcomed by Australian authorities, but is apparently not enough to launch another search party. “It is important to not that this still does not provide new evidence leading to a specific location of MH370”, Australia’s Transport minister Darren Chester said yesterday.
Chester also criticized Malaysian authorities for not releasing more material about MH370’s flightpath and records, claiming that their actions “caused damage to the international relations and to the families of the victims as well”.