Malaysia has kicked off a new search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 four years after it disappeared, according to its civil aviation department.
In one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries, the aircraft departed from Kuala Lumpur on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board, and never reached Beijing.
The search vessel, the Seabed Constructor, set off from Durban, South Africa, on 3 January 2018 and has now reached the remote spot in the Indian Ocean where Australian scientists believe the plane went down.
The Seabed Constructor has around 90 days of moderate weather and will need to stop searching by the end of April.
Australia, Malaysia and China called off their previous two-year search for the plane a year ago, after finding nothing in a 120 000-square-kilometre underwater search zone.
In 2015, the remains of a wing flap, which was found on Reunion Island, located off the coast of east Africa, was positively identified as belonging to the missing Malaysian Airways flight.
Malaysian authorities have prioritised recovering the plane’s black box and cockpit voice recorder, but experts are divided on whether these items will provide any useful information.
Even if the black box is retrieved and still functioning after years at the bottom of the ocean, the cockpit voice recorder operates on a loop and much of the flight recording would most likely have been erased.
It is unclear if the mystery surrounding the doomed flight and those on board will ever be solved.
Image: Indonesian search and rescue workers survey high seas as part of the search mission [online image] (2014) sourced on 24 January 2018 from https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/story_large/public/thumbnails/image/2014/03/15/14/malaysia-search-AFP.jpg