In 2014, the Malaysian Airlines MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport which was destined to land at Beijing Capital International Airport in China. But what happened to it? It disappeared while flying over the Indian Ocean. This disappearance became one of the biggest mystery that remained unsolved till date. But new satellite images which were taken fifteen days after the crash claim to have found the location of MH370.
The aircraft disappeared on 8th of March and the Pleiades 1A satellite captured four images on 23rd of March, 2014. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has requested Geoscience Australia for assistance in analyzing these images. They also said that 12 of these objects are probably man made.
Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) also released its third drift report and they also hope to make a way in finding the MH370 through these images. The report says,”Taking drift model uncertainty into account, we have found that the objects identified in most of the images can be associated with a single location within the previously identified region suggested by other lines of evidence. Furthermore, we think it is possible to identify a most-likely location of the aircraft, with unprecedented precision and certainty”.
Before anyone reach at the conclusion, the ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood clarified, “The image resolution is not high enough to be certain whether the objects originated from MH370 or are other objects that might be found floating in oceans around the world. Clearly, we must be cautious. These objects have not been definitely identified as MH370 debris.”
Geoscience Australia is hopeful to improve the investigation process by comparing the images with additional images from the same satellite in the similar sea state. But Dr. David Griffin of CSIRO declared that these images are very crucial and said, “If we find MH370, which we all hope to do. It will be thankful to all this satellite data, particularly the altimetry data”.
The research for the MH370 has been going on all these 3 years using all available resources including satellite data and radar tracking. Even the finest communication systems aboard the Boeing 777 couldn’t help to locate the plane. The communication system had cut early into the flight, and there was no communication between the pilot and ATC.
After that the plane’s transponder stopped transmitting the height and location information. Authorities later determined a search zone of 120,000 sq km (46,000 sq miles) along the Seventh Arc, where the plane could have potentially ran out of fuel.
Whatever the situation may be, the families of the passengers look forward to find at least the remains of their loved ones.