MH370: The final search begins 1,417 days on

January 21, 2018
MH370 Seabed Constructor Ocean Infinity
The Seabed Constructor. Photo: Swire Seabed.

The hunt for MH370 which disappeared 1417 days ago, with 239 passengers and crew, is on again with the new search ship now in the most likely resting place of the Boeing 777.

According to marine tracking sources, US-based Ocean Infinity’s Seabed Constructor arrived this evening (Jan 21) in the area highlighted by Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the CSIRO.

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That location, calculated by complex reverse drift modeling of the debris that has washed up on the African coast and islands, is latitude 35.6°S and longitude 92.8°E, near the seventh arc defined by satellite data.

This area is about 1800km west-south-west of Perth, Western Australia.

That total area identified by the ATSB is 25,000sq km just outside, and at the northern end, of the previous search zone.

If the Boeing 777 is not found there the Seabed Constructor will move north along the 7th arc to other possible areas identified by the international Independent Group and the University of Western Australia.

All groups agree on the general area for MH370’s resting place.

The UWA and IG predicted the landfall of most debris from MH370 well over three years ago. UWA has identified a location just further north.

UWA’s Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, said last year that its reverse drift modeling put the location of MH370 “at Longitude 96.5 E Latitude 32.5 S with a 40km radius.”

That location is just south of a major fault line called Diamantina Escarpment – due west of Perth.