A Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 operational search update issued by the ATSB on Oct. 22 states that floating debris is being reported along the Australian coastline. The potential wreckage or debris from MH370 has been found by members of the public after it washed ashore and is being analyzed.
In its latest MH370 report, the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB) ensures the public that all correspondence about the potential wreckage of the missing plane is being reviewed, but that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is suggesting that drift modelling seems to indicate that debris of the missing plane would not be found in Australia but much more in the west, in Indonesia.
As such, the ATSB has issued an alert for Indonesia to be on the lookout for any signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet:
“The ATSB continues to receive messages from members of the public who have found material washed up on the Australian coastline and think it may be wreckage or debris from MH370. The ATSB reviews all of this correspondence carefully, but drift modelling 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, away from the coastline of Australia. It is possible that some materials may have drifted to the coastline of Indonesia, and an alert has been issued in that country, requesting that the authorities be alerted to any possible debris from the aircraft.”
In addition to its alert to Indonesia to be on the lookout for any sighting of MH370 debris, the ATSB has published a MH370 Flight Path Analysis Update reviewing the last communication with the Malaysian Airlines plane. The ATSB is responsible for leading the search for the Boeing 777 plane that went missing on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew members on board. The ATSB coordinates the search strategy group that consists of British, U.S., Australian, and Malaysian organizations: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (UK), Boeing (US), the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia), the Department of Civil Aviation (Malaysia), Inmarsat (UK), the National Transportation Safety Board (US), and Thales (UK).
In its latest Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 operational search update, the ATSB assures the public that “work is continuing and is aimed at finding MH370 as quickly as possible.” However, recent reports indicate that there might be much more to the mystery of the disappearance of MH370 and that available science is not being used to find the missing Boeing 777. None of the five major governments involved with the ATSB in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have rejected so far the original claim by Malaysian officials that the missing plane was hijacked, shot down, or landed on safe ground.