The search for the wreckage of flight MH370 has moved underwater.
The chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Marshall Angus Houston, today confirmed that the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Navy had “commenced a subsurface search for the black box”.
Air Marshall Houston announced that experts were assessing the most “recent and best data available” for choosing the search area.
“The area of highest probability as to where the aircraft might have entered the water is the area where the underwater search will commence,” he said.
“That area has been picked on the basis of six hours of pings, the exchange between the satellite and the aircraft on an hourly basis, an additional ping where we think the aircraft might have run out of fuel.”
Air Marshall Houston said experts assessed an incredible amount of data on how the aircraft might have been flown and how it might have performed, and “a lot of simulation work” went into determining the search area.
He admitted that three weeks after MH370 went down, the search area needs to be adjusted “on a semi-regular basis”. – Report and photo by Lyndon Hall
Top photo: screenshot from ABC News 24 broadcast of Air Marshall Houston’s press conference.