The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still ongoing, even though investigators are still not sure where they need to look. This is apparent because investigators are looking in a new location for the third time since the plane went off course on March 8. This new location is based on assumptions and nothing more.
Investigators say that they are changing locations again because they are still uncertain about the flight path, altitude and speed of the flight. All that they know is that the plane mysteriously veered off its course. They now believe that the plane eventually ran out of fuel and dropped into the southern Indian Ocean. When the plane went down, it was carrying 239 people.
Despite these assumptions, investigators say that they will know nothing for sure until they find the plane. Until then, all that they can do is make educated guesses as to what happened to the plane. Investigators do know, however, that another shift in search location is going to cause public frustration. They also believe that people are starting to become sceptical that the plane will ever be found. Unfortunately, they might be right. Without knowing where the plane went down, it is like searching for a needle in a haystack.
Experts who are not involved in the search say that this new shift is going to cause nothing but headaches. This is because the search teams are moving even further away from the Australian coast. The further away they get, the harder it is for them to search efficiently.
The real question now is, “How long do investigators plan to keep looking for the plane?” After all, most of the information that investigators have about the missing plane is sketchy at best. In early May, investigators said that they had satellite data that they believed showed where the plane turned towards the Indian Ocean about two hours into its flight. However, they later changed their minds and said that this turn might have been the plane power cycling its on board satellite communication system.
If that is the case and the satellite image that the investigators have been using is wrong, the plane could be in a completely different location. It also depends on just how much fuel the plane had. The more fuel it had, the further it was able to travel before falling into the ocean.
Investigators are not even sure how fast the plane was going. They are estimating everything from 350 to 550 mph. Right now they are just plugging in all kinds of numbers to see what the best statistical fit is. They started off with slow speeds and came up with very little. Now they are going to look at faster speeds.