05/29/2014, 00.00
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Search for missing plane to start from scratch: No debris found in Indian Ocean area

This is what emerges from underwater search, conducted by Australian experts . The impact zone does not coincide with the area where acoustic transmissions were detected and there are no signs of debris or pieces of the plane. Wrath of the relatives over months of unnecessary searching. In a letter to the governments of Australia and Malaysia they call for "answers". Kuala Lumpur: we are doing what we can.

Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Indian Ocean area where the researchers traced the acoustic signals from the black box of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, does not coincide with the area in the southern Indian ocean believed to be the site of the crash.

This is what has emerged after a lengthy underwater search by the Australian-led Joint Agency Coordination Centre using a mini sub. Officials of the Joint Agency Coordination Center ( JACC) report that " there are no signs of debris or pieces of plane " and, consequently , the area under investigation "can now be ruled out as the crash area of the MH370 " .

Dozens of ships and planes of a multinational task force have carried searches in the area for about two months , where the acoustic signals of the aircraft black box were detected, but no debris was found. The sea area was identified on the basis of calculations of satellite data available to investigators , after the Malaysia Airlines flight Kuala Lumpur- Beijing mysteriously veered to the south- west, for reasons yet unknown.

Experts of the Joint JACC Commission say they now pass to the next stage of the search, which will cover an area of unexplored ocean of about 60 thousand square kilometers. The fear, especially among relatives of the victims, is that the it will prove fruitless and the fate of the flight MH370 will remain forever shrouded in mystery.

On several occasions, the families of the passengers , most of them originating in Malaysia and China, have reported their anxiety and frustration at the lack of progress in the search and have accused the government of Kuala Lumpur of hiding essential satellite data for the discovery of the plane.

A spokesman for the group that brings together the relatives of the Chinese victims on board the aircraft emphasizes that "so much time has passed and nothing has been found, so we doubt that the calculated position of the plane is correct".

Other family members have sent a complaint in an 18 page letter to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak , in which they seek "answers" about the causes that led to the disappearance of the flight; so far, however, they received only "marginal stories " of what has happened .

In contrast, Kuala Lumpur answered - with a certain detachment - that it is doing "everything possible" in an unpredictable and unprecedented situation.

The Boeing 777-200, which had 239 people on board including a crew of 12, disappeared on 8 March over the sea south of Vietnam.

According to the passenger list, Flight 370 carried 153 passengers from China, 38 from Malaysia, 12 from Indonesia, and others from Australia, Europe and the United States.

So far, Malaysia Airlines has had a good record, with nearly four decades without major accidents. Its worst incident dates back to 1977, when 100 people died.

Every day, the company carries up to 37,000 passengers to 80 destinations worldwide. Still, it has lost money in recent years due to competition from low-cost competitors, including Malaysia-based Air Asia.

Recently it registered a new incident, when an airplane -Kuala Lumpur to Seoul - made an emergency landing in Hong Kong for a fault in the main power generator .


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