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A new search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is set to be launched this year with new debris and analysis providing investigators with a clearer priority search to solve what’s been dubbed the world’s greatest aviation mystery.
News Corp can reveal behind the scenes talks have been underway with families and the Malaysian government to send world’s leading seabed searchers, Ocean Infinity, on a new quest to find the wreckage of the plane.
The aircraft from Flight MH370, shown here on takeoff in 2011, disappeared six years ago with 239 people on board. File pictureThe move for a renewed search has been welcomed by former Australian air crash investigators who believed they were rushed into looking for the aircraft in what turned out to be the wrong place.
It comes amid revelations that one of the world’s foremost oceanography experts was excluded from the search investigation teams despite him being the first one to accurately predict where the debris from the plane would wash ashore, before any pieces were found.
His drift modelling has so far accurately predicted where 22 of the 32 items believed to be from the missing plane were found.
Critically, it is understood the last two pieces of debris found, are potentially an exciting discovery as experts have determined one piece is likely from the internal fin of the vortex generator.
If it is the fin, and part of the engine cowling, it would indicate the engine shattered on impact, supporting the theory that the plane was not in a controlled glide when it went down rather it crashed violently.
Officials from the Australian Transport Safety Board inspect a large piece of debris found in Tanzania which was confirmed as a part of a wing flap from MH370. Picture: AFPTesting of the two pieces of debris was derailed for two years by the assassination of the Honourary Malaysian Consul to Madagascar before he could take possession of the pieces.
The results of the testing have not yet been made public.
The revelations come as an explosive Sky News two-part documentary to air on February 19 and 20 is set to unravel previous searches and reveal the clues that were missed that could now lead to resolution.
MH370 disappeared off radar on March 8, 2014 with 239 people including six Australians on-board just 40 minutes into a flight from Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Despite a four-year $200 million search the aircraft’s final resting place has never been established.
Malaysian lawyer Grace Subathirai Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was a passenger of the ill-fated flight, said yesterday lobbying for a fresh search has been continuing “quietly and privately” with Ocean Infinity, buoyed by a commitment from the 2018 newly appointed Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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