Debris found washed up along the shores of Australia have been reported by authorities and ordinary folks alike, all hoping they’ve found a clue to the final resting place of the Missing Flight MH 370. The ATSB reports that if Flight 370 has offered up any floating debris in the Indian Ocean, it would most likely be carried by the current and wash up along the shores of Indonesia, according to the International Business Times on Oct. 23.
The authorities conducting the search are just dismissing the reports from the Australia shores, going by the model they have that charts the drift of any possible debris from Flight 370. Their thorough review of that drift model, which was done by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has them confident that Indonesia is the most likely place for any debris to wash ashore. According to The Inquisitr, Indonesia is on alert for possible debris floating their way as the AMSA believes that model is accurate.
In an update for the search of the missing Flight MH 370 today, the ATSB reports that they have covered a total of 140,000 square kilometers of the search area that the experts have researched and mapped out for the search parties. It is a large area with much more left to cover, but they still do not have a detailed map of the ocean floor for that part of the Indian Ocean.
The Fugro Equator, is the company that is undergoing that daunting task of getting the sea floor charted so the search for the lost flight can scour the ocean floor thoroughly. Without the correct topography of the sea floor, it’s impossible to distinguish any mass underwater that isn’t a natural part of the ocean floor. So far with recent mapping, 1,200 square kilometers of the ocean floor has been searched.
While the camps are divided on the ill-fated flight’s final resting place location, the search is organized around the assumption that the plane went into the Indian Ocean. If that is the case, you would think that any debris found on any of the coasts surrounding that area would at least be given a once over.
Dismissing anything by the way of debris that washes up along the Australia coast is saying it is impossible for the debris to make land fall on that continent. Since the search for the location of the plane is going under theories and educated guesses you would think that all possibilities would be explored. If something that could be from a plane surfaces along the shore in a place that is outside their drift model, it can’t hurt to take a gander!
The search is on-going today with the ship Go Phoenix halting its underwater operations on Oct. 16 to go back to port and “resupply.” It will return to the search grid where it left off today. The ship Fugro Discovery also went back to port, but returned yesterday to continue the underwater search.
The search did move further south than the seventh arch, which was a recommendation after a refinement of the satellite communications or SATCOM data. This is an on-going analysis by the experts. Because the newest data suggested a location further south of the seventh arch, that new location is now being searched in accordance to that data.
Scientists believe they can locate the location of the missing flight by studying the cloud formation on the day the plane allegedly went down in the ocean. According to another article from International Business Times, Scientist Aron Gingis claims that MH370 can be located “by identifying cloud changes for evidence of vapor trails caused by burning fuel emissions from the aircraft.”
Gingis reportedly offered his help to the ATSB, which is the organization committed to finding the missing flight, but the ATSB wanted Gingis to answer 11 guestions and he refused unless he had a signed contract in the fear of “compromising commercial and security threats.” The ATSB confirmed Gingis’ account but added that the offer was made with the price of $17,500.
With data changing and very few certainties known about the whereabouts of the missing Flight MH 370, it might be wise to air on the side of caution and follow-up on debris found anywhere along the shores that resembles something you’d expect to be part of a Boeing 777 or its contents. It is always possible that the plane went down in an area that would make sense for its debris to show up on the Australia coast.