Private contractors are on the verge of announcing details for a new search in the remote southern Indian Ocean, with plans to commence the operation by the end of 2024. The combination of the latest location study and advanced underwater search technology may lead to the discovery of the plane within a matter of weeks.
Richard Godfrey, a physicist and avionics expert and a key member of the Independent Group investigating the disappearance for a decade, is optimistic about the upcoming search efforts. He anticipates that private underwater search operators, in the final stages of testing and integrating new technology, will commit to the search this year, confident in their ability to locate the wreckage on the ocean floor.
Flight MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board. The subsequent search efforts, covering vast areas of previously unmapped underwater terrain, yielded no trace until the discovery of a flaperon on Réunion Island in 2015.
Recent advancements, such as using radio waves from amateur operators to track the flight path, have narrowed down the probable crash site.
Godfrey emphasizes that with the new technology, a search operation could cover the defined area “in just a couple of weeks.” He added, “It’s not going to take them a long time to find MH370 when they go out,” Knewz.com reported.
A private company funding the search would not need Malaysian authorities' permission to locate and film the wreckage but would require it for salvage, potentially raising legal and liability issues.
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The possibility of legal repercussions is significant, especially if the findings implicate the airline or its employees. Speculation surrounds theories of what lead to the crash, including pilot suicide, leading to potential lawsuits. In 2023, a liability lawsuit was filed in China against the Malaysian carrier, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Allianz Insurance.
Amid challenges of disinformation and conspiracy, fueled by a Netflix documentary in 2023 called MH370: The Plane That Disappeared, experts assert the importance of distinguishing evidence-based theories from fantasy. The resolution of the MH370 mystery could have legal, commercial and reputational implications, with underwater search operators seeking a competitive edge in a growing industry.
Despite the uncertainties, adventurers like Blaine Gibson, who has recovered debris from MH370, remain hopeful about a new search.
The impending resolution of this aviation mystery may provide closure for families, vindication for researchers and insights into the complex dynamics surrounding the disappearance of Flight MH370.
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