Bangladesh Navy ships in Bay of Bengal to verify Australian firm`s MH370 claim
After being rejected by the searchers, the claim made by an Australian exploration firm about Malaysia Airlines jet found a new taker on Thursday when Bangladesh Navy agreed to send frigates in the Bay of Bengal.
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Dhaka: After being rejected by the searchers, the claim made by an Australian exploration firm about Malaysia Airlines jet found a new taker on Thursday when Bangladesh Navy agreed to send frigates in the Bay of Bengal to verify the possibility, the CNN reported.
The claim of finding the missing Malaysian jet`s wreckage in the Bay of Bengal was made by an Adelaide-based exploration company named GeoResonance on Tuesday, but the search coordinating agency JACC dismissed the possibility, contending that the spotted debris was miles away from the current search zone.
However, Bangladesh has agreed to assess the Australian exploration firm`s claim and has sent frigates to the Bay of Bengal, reported the CNN.
"As soon as they get there, they will search and verify the information," he CNN quoted the director of Bangladesh navy intelligence Commodore Rashed Ali as saying.
The Adelaide-based exploration company had reportedly started its own search for the missing jet on March 10 and used a slew of technologies including nuclear reactor to analyse the images obtained from satellites and aircraft to scour 2,000,000 sq km of the possible crash zone, says the report.
According to GeoResonance, the company used the technology that generally assists in finding “nuclear warheads and submarines”.
Also, according to an Australian news channel, the company`s claim was based on the detection of such elements in the Bay of Bengal, which go into the making of a Boeing 777 jet, like aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys, etc.
However, ruling out the possibility of finding the wreckage in the Bay of Bengal, the JACC said, "The joint international team is satisfied that the final resting place of the missing aircraft is in the southerly portion of the search arc”.
Meanwhile, a new more intensified phase of underwater search has been commenced that will cover an "entire probable impact zone" stretching over 56,000 square kilometres.
The fresh phase of search for MH370 will cover a larger area of ocean floor and will deploy commercial contractors.
The underwater search vehicle Bluefin-21 will continue to search areas adjacent to the search zone.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.