Australia To Study Drift Of MH370 Debris


Australia to study drift of MH370 debris

SYDNEY, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -24th Augst,2016) : Replicas of a large piece of debris from missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be set adrift and tracked by satellite in the hope of helping find the plane's crash site, Australian officials said Wednesday. Canberra is leading the search for the aircraft which vanished in March 2014 with 239 people onboard and is currently probing the Indian Ocean floor off the Australia's far west coast. In a regular update on the underwater search, which has so far failed to find a single piece of debris from the plane, the Australian government said a new drift modelling study would be done. The government's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said while experts had been working to model the drift of MH370 debris over the past 18 months, a "further intensive study will be undertaken".

Of particular interest to the modelling will be the first piece of debris found from MH370 -- a two-metre (almost seven-foot) wing part known as a flaperon -- which washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion in July 2015. "Over the last nine months there has been a range of debris found along western Indian Ocean shorelines that has been linked to MH370," JACC said in the statement. "The flaperon is, however, particularly important as it was the first piece of debris to be found and therefore it spent the least amount of time adrift."