The missing Malaysia Airlines plane is NOT in the Indian Ocean search zone where acoustic ‘pings’ were heard, it was announced today.
The revelation will further fuel the conspiracy theories surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the jet.
The Australian search team has now abandoned its efforts after a US Navy officer questioned the origin of the ‘pings’.
The Indian Ocean search area has now been “discounted as the final resting place of MH370”, Australia’s transport safety authority said.
The announcement came after the US Navy’s civilian deputy director of ocean engineering, Michael Dean, said most countries now agreed the sounds detected by the Navy’s Towed Ping Locator in April in the southern Indian Ocean came from a man-made source unrelated to the jet, which vanished on March 8.
Not a single piece of the Boeing 777 has been found after it disappeared during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Satellite analysis led authorities to believe that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had diverted sharply from its flight path and flew south to the Indian Ocean.
Officials had described the detection of four series of “pings” in the area that the satellite data indicated was the likely crash site as their best lead in the search.
The signals appeared to be consistent with those from aircraft black boxes, which contain flight data and cockpit voice recordings.
The locator beacons have a battery life of about a month, so it is presumed they have died.