German scientists who have analysed barnacles on a wing flap washed up in the Indian Ocean say the $140 million search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is thousands of kilometres off course.
Researchers from the Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel were expected to propose last night the search area be shifted closer to the equator from the southern Indian Ocean.
Barnacles attached to a Boeing 777 wing part found in late July do not live in the 120,000sq km area where the search is focused, according to the research.
Air crash investigators risk being sidelined in a tussle to unlock the secrets of lost flight MH370, fuelling concerns that their role in making flying safer could be diminished.
By drifting on to Reunion Island, the barnacled remains of a Boeing wing part from the Malaysia Airlines jet have given the upper hand to a French judicial investigation, exposing for the second time this year how civil crash investigations struggle to compete with police-led probes.
For decades, reconstructions of disasters by specialist safety investigators have been seen as crucial to making aviation safer, w
Saint-Denis de la Reunion (AFP) - France on Monday said it was calling off the hunt for wreckage from missing flight MH370 after 10 days of air and sea searches off its Indian Ocean territory of Reunion yielded no results.
The island's top authority however said its search teams would maintain an attitude of "vigilance".
American investigators have concluded that a large object that washed up Wednesday on the shore of Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, came from a Boeing 777, making it likely that it was debris from Flight 370, the Malaysia Airlines aircraft that disappeared in March 2014.
A person with knowledge of the inquiry into what happened to the plane said that US government officials and experts from Boeing based their conclusion on photographs and videos.
The search for a Malaysia Airlines plane which was presumed to have crashed more than 16 months ago has already cost about 100mil euros (RM422mil).
The search expenses are being borne mainly by Australia, Malaysia and China, whose citizens accounted for more than six in 10 passengers on board the ill-fated flight.
They do not include indirect costs such as assistance rendered to families of the passengers, said Raymond Benjamin, secretary-general of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a United Nations arm which oversees global commercial aviation.
On March 8, 2014, the day Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, the inhabitants of a tiny Maldivian island claim to have spotted a noisy, low-flying jet. Florence de Changy visits Kuda Huvadhoo to get to the bottom of the mystery.
The Australian government will call off the search for MH370 later this year when the funding is exhausted and the missing aircraft still hasn't been found, says Emirates president Tim Clark, who likened the effort to a "goose chase".
Mr Clark, whose airline is the world's biggest operator of Boeing 777s – the type of aircraft lost by Malaysia Airlines in March 2014 – said the disappearance would then go into the annals of the history of aviation.
"I think it is only a question of time before the search is abandoned," he said on the sidelines of the Internat
The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will not be expanded beyond its current search area unless there are specific new leads, Australian officials said today. In April, more than a year after the plane vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 mostly Chinese people on board, Malaysia, Australia and China announced that the search zone would double in size. This boosted the area of the remote southern Indian Ocean being scoured by three specialist vessels to 120,000 square kilometres (46,300 square miles).
CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Australia says expanded search area for Flight MH370 may take a year
Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:25am EDT
(changes sq miles to sq kilometres in first paragraph)
By Matt Siegel
SYDNEY, April 16 (Reuters) - Government ministers from Australia, China and Malaysia on Thursday said that they would extend the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 by an additional 60,000 sq kilometres if the wreckage is not found in the current search area.
The extended search for the jetliner, which disappeared last year but is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean off A