Aus still confident of finding missing MH370 in Indian Ocean

Australia today said it has robust satellite data that indicates that the missing Malaysian plane can be traced in the Indian Ocean.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 10, 2014, 17:10 PM IST

Melbourne: Australia today said it has robust satellite data that indicates that the missing Malaysian plane can be traced in the Indian Ocean and authorities will soon announce a search area of about 60,000 square kms which will be searched by deep-water technology.

Angus Houston, the head of the search coordinating agency for the missing MH370, also said the search cost will be shared with Malaysia, but the details of the split have yet to be negotiated.

In an interview to ABC news channel here, he said "The info coming from the satellite data is I think is a very robust data..Its currently being reviewed..."

"One thing stands out in all of that work that the 7th handshake arc (in the Indian Ocean) remains the area where we will eventually find the MH370. The aircraft will be found somewhere along that arc."

The 7th handshake` arc is an area where the aircraft last communicated with the Inmarsat satellite.
"What we are doing at the moment is the world team...Is working very closely with experts from Australia...To determine the most likely area along the arc where we should search," he said.

"And some time in the near future we will publicly announce a search area of about 60,000 square kilometres which will be searched by deep-water technology, sideways looking sonar, towed sonar, autonomous underwater vehicles to try and find MH370," Houston said.

The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared from radar screens on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people, including five Indians, aboard.

The Boeing 777 is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, but an extensive search has turned up no sign of wreckage so far.

On the possibility to find the aircraft, Houston said, "I`ve tried to be realistic, I`ve been guarded in optimism."

"I said we can`t confirm that there`s anything down there until such time as we find something on the bottom.?Certainly when we picked up those four acoustic transmissions I guess our hope went up and again, I was very guarded about that."