New search area for MH370 gives up multiple sightings
For the first time in the 22 day search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 a ship is within reach of multiple aerial sightings of possible debris from the crashed 777-200ER.
Five aircraft saw many objects in the newly defined search zone which now starts around 1600 kms west of Perth late last night Canberra time, where the find and recover operation is being coordinated by Australian’s maritime safety authority AMSA.
China’s Maritime Administration patrol ship Haixun 01 which is in the area is expected to reach some of the objects by this evening, Saturday 29 March, three weeks after MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people on board.
It ‘went dark’ to regular air traffic control systems 42 minutes later, and Malaysia authorities believe the jet was then intentionally taken off course and was flown to the southern Indian Ocean where it ran out of fuel.
This is the relevant part of the AMSA statement last night: