AviationCrucial talks to focus on status of the US$180 million plane search

Are MH370 searchers looking in the wrong place?

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Australian Transport Safety Board
Australian Transport Safety Board

Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew onboard en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 reaches its final stages, a new theory has emerged which might indicate the massive underwater hunt has been looking in the wrong place.

Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew onboard en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

Searchers have been combing an area of more than 120,000 square kilometres of the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia.

Fugro, the Dutch company leading the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines jet MH370, say the plane may have glided down rather than dived in the final moments, meaning they have been scouring the wrong patch of ocean for two years.

Australia, Malaysia and China met on Friday to discuss the future of search.

"If it's not there, it means it's somewhere else," said Paul Kennedy, Fugro’s project director.

According to a Reuters report, an extension of the search would require a fresh round of funding from the three governments on top of the almost US$180 million that has already been spent, making it the most expensive exercise in aviation history.

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