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Fear that search for MH370 at wrong place

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There is renewed concern that the missing plane MH370 could have fallen elsewhere other than the Southern Indian Ocean.

The search there is entering in its 45th day today.

The New Straits Times in a front page exclusive report quoting members of the International Investigation Team (IIT) based in Kuala Lumpur claimed they are thinking of starting right from the beginning to solve this unprecedented chapter in aviation history.

 

That the Boeing 777-200ER may have landed elsewhere than the Southern Indian Ocean as announced by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in a press conference last month, is under consideration.

 

“We may have to look into this if no positive results come back in the next few days - but at the same time the search mission in the Indian Ocean will go on.

"The thought of it landing somewhere else is possible as we have not found a single piece of debris that could be linked to MH370.

 

“However, the possibility of a specific country hiding the plane when more than 20 nations are searching for it, seems absurd,” NST quoted an official.

 

Chinese and Australian vessels have detected black box pings earlier this month, but so far nothing has been forthcoming.

 

Increasing assets

The IIT is also looking into increasing more assets to be deployed to the existing search area in the Indian Ocean, as well as widening the search area as it fears the search team is “looking for the plane in the wrong place”.

 

“We can't focus on one place too long as the ocean is very big although the search team has been following the leads received and analysed. It is by luck if we find the wreckage using the Bluefin 21...there is no physical evidence and we are totally depending on scientific calculations from day one including from the pings.”

 

Besides this, IIT is hoping more data to be supplied including from the relevant satellites and also from the Australian Joint Defence Facility, Pine Gap, in Alice Spring in the Northern Territory which have to date, has not supplied any information.

 

The giant radar facility in Pine Gap is managed jointly by the United States and Australia.

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