Even though the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet has been centered in Australia, it is now being reported that the debris from the plane that went missing some seven months ago will most likely come ashore in Indonesia, says the Independent out of the United Kingdom on Friday. As officials who have coordinated the search continue to follow up on repeated reports from the public in Australia who assert that wreckage is ending up in Australia, officials with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) now believe that it is more probably that the plane’s debris would have drifted in the other direction. Australia has now requested that Indonesia officials publicize the strong possibility that wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines MH370 aircraft may end up on its nation’s shoreline.
In spite of the new angle on the direction in which the wreckage may travel via water currents, the Australian public has been informed that officials are still responding to reports they receive regarding the Australian coastline. In a statement, it has been said that the ATSB reviews all of this correspondence carefully, but drift modeling undertaken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has suggested that if there were any floating debris, it is far more likely to have travelled west. Of course, that means that it is traveling away from the Australia coastline instead of traveling to it. The statement continue by saying that it is possible that some materials may have drifted to the coastline of Indonesia, according to the Telegraph.
There has been an expansion of the search operation with a second ship prepared to enter the search zone. The search zone is now approximately 1,100 miles west of Australia. The second ship, The Discovery, arrived in the southern Indian Ocean on Thursday. It is replacing the GO Phoenix which has been searching the area since the beginning of October. The GO Phoenix has left the area to replenish itself with fresh supplies.
Despite continued frustration over the lack of success in finding the aircraft that went lost with hundreds of passengers en route to Beijing from Malaysia, Hishammuddin Hussein – the Malaysian defense minister – says that everything possible is being done to find the lost airliner. He concluded his remarks by saying, “We must continue to hope because sometimes hope is all we have. We will find MH370.” However, in spite of the massive air and water search operation, not one piece of the plane’s wreckage has been found to date.