Fresh hope for missing airliner MH370 as new technology could find wreckage

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Search operation: The Australian Department of Defence searching for MH370.  (Handout)
Search operation: The Australian Department of Defence searching for MH370. (Handout)

Fresh hope could be on the horizon for the missing airliner MH370.

The search could be relaunched as new technology which has been developed could help pinpoint the plane’s location before it disappeared over the Indian Ocean.

After the most expensive search in aviation history, there have been few clues to what happened to the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.

In March 2014, the plane vanished without a trace with 239 passengers and crew. It still remains shrouded in mystery.

The last search in 2018 was carried out with a with a fleet of unmanned underwater vehicles.

It covered almost 50,000 square miles of sea floor and found nothing.

However, there is now fresh hope the plane may be located after new technology trials have been so successful.

The technology examines historical data on radio signals bumping off aircraft fuselages.

Inventors have hope it could locate MH370’s last minutes and pinpoint a specific search area.

British aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey has been part of a team of experts in the hunt for MH370.

He told The Times: “Imagine crossing a prairie with invisible trip wires crossing the whole area and going back and forth across the length and breadth.

“Each step you make you tread on particular trip wires and we can locate you at the intersection of the disturbed trip wires. We can track your path as you move across the prairie.”

Ocean Infinity, the group which has coordinated the search so far, said: “We are always interested in resuming the search whether as a result of new information or new technology.”

The spokesperson said late next year or early 2023 appeared a “sensible” time frame.

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