(Please note, this matter is not currently being litigated in Australia)For the loved ones of those lost on MH370, the last six months have been a sorrowful and aggravating time. While much has been promised from political quarters about the continuing search, and resources and money are thrown at such efforts, the results can be encapsulated in a single word – “nothing”. And thus, the world’s greatest civil aviation mystery endures, confounding expert investigators and amateurs alike.
The best efforts thus far, albeit made solely for the purpose of assisting to define a suitable search area, have merely added some weight to initial speculation about a crew unresponsive/hypoxia event with subsequent fuel exhaustion and loss of control (see page 34 of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report.
Our article on 9 March 2014, the day after the aircraft disappeared, noted this possibility.
On 21 August 2014, the ATSB released an updated survey map on the bathymetric survey being conducted in the region considered most likely to hold the secrets of the missing airliner tragedy. It discloses than an area in length roughly of Perth to Geraldton was the focus, and that the depth of the water in this region was 1,500m – 6,000m.
The task which faces the searchers cannot be overstated. The size of the search area has been likened to the surface area of the island of Tasmania.
Our thoughts remain with MH370 families as they continue their wait for answers.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: September 8, 2014.