KGL9268 Bomb or No Bomb ... What About MH370?

It's been 1 year 7 months ...

This is an update and continuation of the following Hive threads:

Mar 12, 2014 - Where’s the Plane? Some Musings and a Question (96 posts)

Apr 6, 2014 - The Continuing Sad Saga of Flight 370 (18 posts)

The latest reports... on the disappearance of the Malaysian Boeing 777 are the following:

BBC - September 3, 2015

MH370: Reunion wing debris 'certainly' from missing flight

French prosecutors have said they believe "with certainty" that a wing part found on Reunion Island in July came from missing flight MH370.

The wing section, known as a flaperon, had been examined in France by international aviation experts.

And the sea search continues...

November 06 2015

International Business Times

Flight MH370 Search Update

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nicknamed MH370, has officially swept 70,000 of the 120,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean floor it intends to check for evidence. According to an operational search update from the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre posted this week, investigators have been struggling with "unfavorable" conditions that have complicated their efforts to find the mysterious aircraft. But they could soon move past them.

"Weather continues to impact ... search operations, but conditions are expected to be improved over the coming months," the update read. "The safety of the search crews, as always, remains a priority, and the vessels and equipment utilized will vary to reflect operational needs."

Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre

MH370_Operational_Search_Update_20151104_EN (pdf)


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OGD, while they're searching for the missing aircraft are they adding substantially to knowledge of the area?

Hardly needs to be said that this is an extremely daunting search - huge area, and nasty weather is the norm. It took 2 years to find AF447, and the search had a fairly precise fix to start with. But they will find MH370, because they have to.

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Another interesting article . . .

Oct 21, 2015 - The Week (UK)

MH370: sonar experts 'jumped out of chairs' on seeing new images

Sonar analysis experts are urging the MH370 search team to revisit an area of the Indian Ocean after seeing pictures of objects they believe closely resemble an aircraft debris field.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which is leading the hunt for the missing plane, recently published new images from the search area after resurveying a number of possible debris sites, but ruled out any link to the missing aircraft.

However, sonar analysis experts from the Seattle-based geophysical consulting firm Williamson & Associates said they "jumped out of their chairs" when they saw the new images online, reports the Herald Sun.

The ATSB concluded that the objects were likely to be "edges of rock exposed above the seabed and associated scattered rock", but Rob McCallum, manager of special projects at Williamson & Associates, said the pictures did not "appear to be geology as such".

He added: "They're certainly worth another look, and by that I mean putting down a camera. It's not a difficult thing to do, and it's better to be certain for the sake of all of the families."

Analysts pointed out that the edges of the pictures are blurry, suggesting the sonar equipment was being "pushed to the limits" and they might be "missing something".

Williamson & Associates lost out on a tender position with ATSB for the MH370 search, despite specialising in sonar equipment that helped find an Australian warship in 2008, sixty years after it sank to the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

An ATSB spokesman said its own specialists were satisfied that the images did not show aircraft debris.



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No plane so far... but they found something else:



It's been 9 months since last comment...

Fri Oct 7, 2016 | Reuters

Malaysia says debris found in Mauritius is from missing Flight MH370