The hunt for Boeing 777 has been ongoing for quite some time now. However, no traces have been found ever since its mysterious disappearance, more than a year ago. In a recent update, investigators revealed that 60% of the present search area has now been trawled. ATSB, also known as the Australian Transport Safety Bureau are leading the underwater search for the Flight MH370 in a specific Southern Indian Ocean region.
Sadly, more than 60% of the priority search area has been trawled without any results. If the team doesn’t face heavy delays involving vessels, equipment or weather-related problems, the present underwater search area could be majorly completed around May 2015. On 8th March last year, while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the ill-fated Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board.
Till now, Australia has spent around 15 million dollars on the latest phase of the underwater search. They have released vessels with underwater sonar equipment in the present scan zone of the Southern Indian Ocean. It has been going on for seven months now. Until now, investigators have spent thirteen long months, searching the southern hemisphere for the missing jet. Meanwhile, ministers from China, Australia and Malaysia are set to meet in Kuala Lumpur.
They will discuss whether the widespread search for Flight MH370 should be expanded beyond its present remit. In the Southern Indian Ocean, vessels with underwater sonar equipment have covered half of the current scan zone where investigators believe Flight MH370 had crashed. Search parties are mainly focusing on an arc of Indian Ocean, located 180km south of Perth, on the west coast of Australia. Meanwhile, residents of a fishing island located in Maldives, presently requested investigators to visit their remote island.
Locals from Kuda Huvadhoo, in Dhaalu Atoll, claimed that they had been disturbed by a tremendously loud noise while noticing a ‘low-flying jumbo jet’ in the hours after Flight MH370’s disappearance. Rumors indicate that the jet matches the description of Flight MH370. If their reports are true, the official search that has been going on so far, could be 3000 miles off target. On 8th March, Kuda Huvadhoo families witnessed a jet flying so low that people could see its doors and notice the red and blue markings, as seen in Flight MH370.