As the painstaking search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues, search crews are turning up unusual items at the bottom of the sea. Even though the wreckage found at almost 13,000 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean was not that of the jetliner, it was a previously uncharted shipwreck.
Investigators for the Australian government, the coordinating body for the multi-million dollar search efforts, hopes were raised when one of their ships, Fugro Equator, tasked with locating the aircraft wreckage detected a small cluster of sonar contacts.
According to the Joint Agency Coordination Center, the analysis that found these anomalies were stated to be “of potential interest, but were unlikely to be related to MH370”, but insisted that they couldn’t be ruled out entirely by that ships equipment. A second ship, the Fugro Supporter was then diverted to that location to scan the seabed with an unmanned submarine.
“Analysis of the images this week revealed that the debris was indeed man-made, but indicated that it was actually the wreck of a ship,” the JACC said. “This wreck is previously uncharted and the imagery will be provided to expert marine archaeologists for possible identification.”
As the search for MH370 continues, it has found no trace of the jetliner, more than 14 months after t disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Experts from the JACC have stated that if the current 23,000 square mile search area continues to throw up no results, they will be double the size of the search area, meaning it could take up to another year at the very least.