The long-winded search for Flight 370 just got a little more complicated — it may have actually landed. Unfortunately, the new investigation hasn’t provided any answers just yet.
While the search for Malaysia Flight 370 has been going non-stop since its disappearance on March 8, it may now be headed in a completely different direction. Authorities have been intensely searching the southern Indian Ocean for the Boeing 777, but a new investigation is looking into other options, including a hunch that the plane may have landed.
Malaysia Flight 370: Could It Have Landed?
On April 22, the Bluefin-21, a submersible submarine entered into the Indian Ocean about 1,000 miles northwest of Australia, searching about 6.2 miles around where the last signal was detected 45 days ago.
“Bluefin-21 has now completed more than 80 percent of the focused underwater search area and further missions are planned,” the Joint Agency Coordination Center told the New York Times. “It is important this lead is pursued to its completion so we can either confirm or discount the focused underwater area as the final resting place of MH370.”
While they added that the search will continue, it may actually be headed in a different direction.
“We may have to regroup soon to look into this possibility if no positive results come back in the next few days,” sources within the International Investigation Team told New Straits Times, according to MailOnline. “The thought of it landing somewhere else is not impossible, as we have not found a single 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.”
The 45-Day Rule
US. lawyers are allowed to approach the issue of the missing plane in U.S. courtrooms after 45 days — so it is definitely an important day for families of loved ones on the disappeared flight. The rule is enforced by the National Transportation Safety Boards and gives families the opportunity to file lawsuits against American manufacturer, Boeing.
“We don’t feel we have a whole lot of other choices because we’re certainly not getting any answers without (legal action),’ Sarah Bajc, whose partner Philip Wood was on 370, told CNN. However, without the black box, there is no evidence that there was actually a flight.
“If we don’t have the ‘black box’ with all the critical information on it, or we don’t have any part of the wreckage, it would be very hard to maintain a claim against Boeing in any court in the United States,” Daniel Rose, an aviation attorney from Kreindler & Kreindler, added.
All we can hope is that the search will continue and will eventually result in answers for those families missing their loved ones.
— Emily Longeretta