A very detailed review by the Independent Group of scientists has urged the Australian managed search for MH370 to shift its efforts much further to the north-east of the current priority zone on the floor of the south Indian Ocean.
The IG paper by Victor Iannello has been published online in the group’s archive on Duncan Steel’s site.
The Iannello paper comes as winter sea conditions have seriously delayed completion of the search of the current zone.
However after that zone has been declared fully sonar scanned Malaysia, China and Australia have long jointly agreed to abandon their efforts to find the sunk wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER which was carrying 239 people when it abruptly vanished over the Gulf of Thailand on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
The only reason for continuing the search into new territory would be a credible new lead. Victor Iannello’s paper may well provide such a lead.
Its publication coincides with Malaysia deciding it will examine what may be the largest chunk of the wreckage from MH370 yet to come to light which has been found on Pemba Island in Tanzania.
The provenance of what looks like a substantial piece of the wing of the missing 777 has not as yet been established from the photos, published on Tanzania’s Jamii Forums last week, and it has been found in an area where it may also have come from earlier crashes of a hijacked Boeing 767 and an Airbus A310.
Malaysia has however declared, without making its own physical examination, that items of clothing and luggage collected from the shores of Madagascar are not from MH370. None of the recovered items have been closely examined by the next of kin of the victims of the crash.
The ATSB has been contacted for a response to the latest IG paper.