Date
18 December 2017
Australian searchers scour the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Photo: AFP
Australian searchers scour the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Photo: AFP

Disputes hamper search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Investigators can’t agree on where to look for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, hampering efforts to recover the missing jetliner, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Because of differences of opinion between the five teams of experts involved in the search, vessels are being deployed in two different priority search areas in the southern Indian Ocean, the newspaper said.

The zones overlap in some places but in others are hundreds of miles apart, it added.

Searchers may only be able to scour around 80 percent of the probable crash sites before government funding runs out, said Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is coordinating the search off the country’s west coast.

Australian authorities last month identified two broad areas where the jetliner is likely to have crashed, based on communications between the plane and an Inmarsat satellite.

But their conclusions about where to look vastly differ from each other, the report said.

The five teams involved in the investigation include Boeing, Inmarsat, France’s Thales Group, the US National Transportation Safety Board, and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

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