Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 remains missing after nearly nine months. MH370 search coordinator Peter Foley informed reporters that “once a week” debris is washing up along Australia’s coastline, but that none of the debris has been identified to be of the missing Boeing 777 plane so far. Since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, reports of debris in Australia and reports of a fireball have remained unanswered by officials. According to the latest update provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on Nov. 26, the key developments this week include the MH370 search efforts by the Fugro Discovery, the Fugro Equatro, and the GO Phoenix.
“Fugro Discovery arrived at Fremantle on 23 November for resupply. Following calibration testing on 25 and 26 November, it is expected that the vessel will continue on to the search site. Fugro Equator arrived in the search area on 21 November and commenced bathymetric survey operations. An additional 4,000 square kilometres have been surveyed so far. GO Phoenix continued to conduct underwater search operations in the assigned search area this week and is due to depart the search area today to return to Fremantle for resupply. Over 7,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.”
All of the latest MH370 updates provided by the ATSB have focused on the search efforts along the “7th arc,” an area that stretches from about 1,000 km (621 miles) off Exmouth, Western Australia, to a point about 2,000 km (1,243 miles) southwest of Perth. Neither the ATSB nor any of the five groups that make up the international team – America’s Boeing Co, France’s Thales, US investigator the National Transportation Safety Board and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation – appear to be looking anywhere else.
On Wednesday, Australia’s search coordinator Peter Foley said that Australia is looking into a new drift model in order to widen the geographical area where wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 might be washing ashore. Early reports had indicated that debris from the vanished plane might wash ashore in Indonesia, most likely in Sumatra.
“We are currently working … to see if we can get an updated drift model for a much wider area where there might be possibilities of debris washing ashore,” said Foley and commented that “the research center was receiving reports at least once a week of debris washed up on the Australian coastline, but none has so far been identified as coming from the missing aircraft.”
According to Foley, the debris washed ashore in Australia is being sent off to Boeing who is in charge of identifying it. More than a month ago, the ATSB reported that Australian citizens found potential MH370 debris that washed ashore on Australia’s coastline. How long does it take for Boeing to identify the pieces?
Meanwhile the chief executive of Emirates believes information on missing aircraft is being withheld by authorities.
Emirates chief Sir Tim Clark knows quite a bit about Boeing 777s since he is the president of one of the major operators of the Boeing airplane. During the past months, Clark has been critical of the information provided to the media and the family members of the passengers and crew members of the missing plane. In addition to questioning the role of the Malaysian military in the disappearance of MH370, Tim Clark provided the following answer as to what he thought really happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370:
“My own view is that probably control was taken of that aeroplane, the events that happened during the course of its tracked flight will be anybody’s guess of who did what and when. I think we need to know who was on this aeroplane in the detail that obviously some people do know, we need to know what was in the hold of the aeroplane, in the detail we need to know, in a transparent manner. And we need to continue to press all those stake holders, that were and are involved in the analysis, in the assessment of what happened, for more information. Because heading an airline that operates the largest number of 777s in the world, I have a responsibility of knowing exactly what went on. I do not subscribe to the view that the aircraft, which is one of the most advanced in the world, has the most advanced avionic and communication platforms, needs to be improved so that we can introduce some kind of additional tracking system for an aeroplane that should never have been allowed to enter into a non-trackable situation.”
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been missing since March 8, and Tim Clark’s assessment of what really happened to the missing Boeing 777 plane reflects the first report by the Malaysian prime minister that the airplane was hijacked. Tim Clark also emphasizes what the family members of the 239 passengers and crew members of Flight MH370 are asking for – who really was on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and what exactly was in the cargo hold?