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Final Report: Mystery of MH370 'Almost Inconceivable'

ATSB investigators say they 'deeply regret' the Malaysia Airlines plane was never found

(Newser) - The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was officially nixed in January, and now Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators have submitted their final report , per the BBC . In it, they say it's "almost inconceivable" that, three and a half years after the Boeing 777 plunged into the water... More »

New Black Boxes Won't Slumber on the Ocean Floor

Airbus' next generation is designed to float

(Newser) - There have been a number of instances where a plane has gone down at sea and the black box was never found—most recently in the case of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 . When it comes to avoiding that fate, the ultimate goal is to get the flight recorders off the... More »

We've Been Searching for MH370 in Wrong Place: Report

Experts believe plane lies north of the search area

(Newser) - The only boat left searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 isn't likely to find it, experts say. A new report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says "there is a high degree of confidence" that the plane that disappeared from radar on March 8, 2014, isn't in... More »

Last MH370 Search Boat Departs on Final Mission

It will scan trouble areas for the next month

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania-sized patch of the Indian Ocean has been combed in a $150 million search effort for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370—and that search is now coming to a close with the mystery still unsolved. The last boat still looking for the plane left the Australian port of Fremantle on... More »

MH370 Wing Flap Is Clue to Plane's Last Moments

Wing flap likely hadn't been deployed: ATSB report

(Newser) - A piece of debris holds a big potential clue, or so finds a new report on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Of the more than 20 pieces of aircraft debris that have been found since MH370 went down in March 2014, three have been verified... More »

'Definite Evidence' MH370 Was Crashed on Purpose: Expert

Canadian air-crash ace says photos of wing section support 'rogue pilot' theory

(Newser) - Last week, Australian officials said someone had plotted an Indian Ocean course on the flight simulator belonging to the pilot of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. This week, a renowned air-crash expert adds onto that, saying he believes the jet was deliberately brought down into the water, the BBC reports.... More »

2-Year Search for MH370 May Have Been in Wrong Place

If it was manned at the end, the search area is totally wrong

(Newser) - Roughly 15 months ago, Malaysia, China, and Australia decided that if they couldn't find the wreckage of Flight MH370 in the designated search area—a portion of the southern Indian Ocean the size of Greece, reports Reuters —that that would basically be it: no expansion of the area... More »

Search Chief Says MH370 May Never Be Found

Search is approaching its end with no sign of missing jet

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history—and search authorities now admit there's a strong chance it will forever remain that way. Martin Dolan, head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, tells the Guardian that with more than 40,000 square miles of... More »

Search for MH370 Will Likely End by July: Chief

But ATSB head says he's 'optimistic' they'll find the missing Malaysia Airlines plane by then

(Newser) - If the hunt for MH370 doesn't turn up anything over the next few months, the head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says the search of a 46,000-square-mile swath of the Indian Ocean will likely be called off by July, NBC News reports. Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan says... More »

Likely Piece of MH370 Washes Up Almost Exactly 2 Years Later

It would be second part from Malaysian Airline airliner

(Newser) - Another piece from the world's only missing Boeing 777 appears to have washed up in the Indian Ocean. An object believed to be part of the Malaysian Airlines jet's horizontal stabilizer came ashore in Mozambique, reports NBC News . The piece is on its way to Malaysia for confirmation,... More »

Sonar Vehicle Seeking MH370 Crashes Into Volcano

The accident will set the search for the missing plane back by 12 days

(Newser) - A "towfish" sonar vehicle searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 didn't find the missing plane, but it did find a 7,400-foot-tall underwater volcano…when it crashed right into it on Sunday, NBC News reports. The towfish was being dragged by a search vessel and scanning the floor... More »

Australia's MH370 Search Homes In on 'Hot Spot'

Searchers will double vessels hunting around missing plane's presumed route

(Newser) - Australia is doubling its efforts to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Though wreckage of the jet was found on Reunion island in July, a search of 29,000 square miles has yet to uncover more. Australia now says two vessels used so far to troll a 46,000-square-mile search... More »

Daughter Still Tweets Dad Lost in Malaysian Crash

'When will you be back home'

(Newser) - The daughter of the chief steward on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has gained international attention through her social-media notes to her missing father. Ever since the plane disappeared in March 2014, 19-year-old Maira Elizabeth Nari has been posting messages for her father on Twitter and Instagram in the hope he'... More »

France Clashes With Malaysia: What New Plane Debris?

Conflicting information from France, Malaysia, Australia brings confusion

(Newser) - France and Malaysia are butting heads over the Reunion Island debris thought to be linked to MH370 as the French government kicks off a new search for items using a military plane, helicopter, boats, and people on the ground. In addition to a wing piece Malaysia says is definitely from... More »

Seat Cushions, Plane Window Appear on Reunion

Investigators have yet to confirm they belong to MH370

(Newser) - The piece of plane wing confirmed to be from MH370 has company. In addition to a suitcase , Malaysia's transportation minister says "many items," including seat cushions, aluminum foil, and a window, have washed up on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, but experts have yet to prove... More »

Malaysia: Plane Debris Is From MH370

Flaperon found on Reunion Island belongs to the long-missing plane

(Newser) - Malaysia's prime minister confirmed today that the debris found on France's Reunion Island is in fact from Malaysia Airlines MH370, lost 17 months ago , reports CNN . "Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international... More »

What Barnacles Could Tell Us About MH370

They could narrow the search area

(Newser) - All eyes have been on Reunion Island these past few days, but some of the action has now shifted to Paris following Saturday's arrival of a piece of debris believed to possibly be from MH370. USA Today reports that military aviation and legal experts will on Wednesday begin their... More »

Professor Predicted This Debris Scenario Last Year

And Charitha Pattiaratchi may be right

(Newser) - While the world reels at news that debris washed ashore on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean may be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, there's one person who's not surprised. Charitha Pattiaratchi, an oceanography professor at the University of Western Australia, created models last year that showed... More »

Wrecked Suitcase Found Near Possible MH370 Debris

Reports say gardener on Reunion Island found badly damaged valise

(Newser) - One of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time may be one step closer to being solved after what could be debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 washed ashore on an island in the Indian Ocean. Now reports from a French-language news site say that a gardener on Reunion Island... More »

Plane Debris Washes Ashore, Eyed for Links to MH370

'It is way too soon to say'

(Newser) - Debris has washed up on an island in the Indian Ocean and is raising hopes that the fate of the Malaysian passenger jet that vanished last year might finally be known—though it wouldn't be the first false alarm . A French aviation expert tells the Telegraph that plane wreckage... More »

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