It’s been nearly seven months since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) went missing from radar and GPS tracking systems. Although information surfaced days ago that the missing airliner could be found within days, experts say the search and recovery mission could actually take another year. The mission to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 resumed today in an isolated expanse of the Indian Ocean, according to ABC30.
Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014. The Malaysian plane, a Boeing 777-200ER, departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport with a destination of Beijing Capital International Airport. On-board the commercial jet was 239 passengers and 12 flight crew.
Search operations for Malaysia Flight 370 paused for about four months. Experts and aquatic crews used this time to create an accurate mapping of the bottom of the sea. The enormous underwater region is believed to be dense with underwater volcanoes, canyons and rock beds, all of which can destroy pricey equipment.
Flight 370’s deep-sea hunt search efforts will focus on 23,000 square miles of ocean located about 1,100 miles west of Australia’s coastline. The GO Phoenix is due to join two other vessels Sunday to continue efforts to discover any signs, namely crash debris at this point, of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
If MH370 went down anywhere in the area of search, efforts to locate it are favorable due to the latest additions of hardware. Crews now have upgraded sonar devices.
Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the agency leading the search, weighed in. He spoke about the dangers of towing the seabed for clues.
“We’re cautiously optimistic; cautious because of all the technical and other challenges we’ve got, but optimistic because we’re confident in the analysis. But it’s just a very big area that we’re looking at.
“We’re doing this primarily because there are families of 239 people who deserve an answer. We will give it every possible effort and we think our efforts will be really good – but there’s no guarantee of success.”
All ships hunting for the missing Malaysian airliner have 25 to 35 crew members aboard. They will coordinate round-the-clock operations using the high-tech equipment, which is also capable of detecting jet fuel.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s disappearance has created one of the most challenging mysteries in aviation. Not since Amelia Earhart’s plane went missing and a host of other airliners simply vanished in the Bermuda Triangle over the years, has anything captivated the public’s attention in this manner. Hopefully, Flight MH370 surviving loved ones get the closure they need soon.