Investigators are getting closer to finding the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The search area has been cut in half to a remote area off the coast of Australia that is roughly the size of Arizona, U.S. officials revealed on March 19.
It’s been more than 10 days since the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people mysteriously disappeared on March 8, but it looks like we may finally get some answers soon. U.S. and British aviation officials have refined satellite pings from the missing airliner and come up with two different potential flight paths that drastically narrow the scope of the search to an area off Perth, Australia.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Off Australian Coast — New Data Narrows Search
UPDATE: Australian authorities have found two objects that may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on March 19. Surveillance aircraft has been sent to locate the objects, which were seen on satellite imagery, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
“The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search,” Prime Minister Abbott told lawmakers in parliament. “Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified.”
The news comes after investigators halved the search area for the missing plane to an area off the coast of Perth, Australia.
Investigators were able to get far more information than expected from the plane’s hourly satellite pings, U.S. officials involved in the investigation tell ABC News. Investigators now believe that the plane took one of two paths heading toward the South Pole and ending in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia.
The calculations done by the U.K. and the U.S. have been given to Australian search and rescue crews, which will now comb both of the possible paths.
Flight 370: Pilots Desperately Tried To Land In Maldives After Cockpit Fire?
Another recent theory suggested that flames ripped through the Malaysia Airlines plane’s cockpit, forcing the pilots to try to make an emergency land near the Maldives. The theory had some proof to support it, as residents of the south Asian islands reported seeing a “low-flying jumbo jet” on March 8, the day of the plane’s disappearance.
However, Malaysian officials dismissed the theory during a press conference on March 19, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
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— Tierney McAfee