by D KANYAKUMARI/ FILE PIX
After over 1,000 days, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) officially declares the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 has ended.
In a statement on Tuesday, ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood also said that the resting place of the aircraft has not been located.
Hood maintained that the search was conducted consistent with the highest of standards of safety and professionalism.
Based on the Operational Search Report for MH370, it stated that the search for the missing aircraft began on March 8, 2014 and continued for 1,046 days until January 17, 2017 when it was suspended following a decision by Malaysian, Australian and Chinese governments.
“Regardless of the cause of the loss of MH370, there were no transmissions received from the aircraft after the first 38 minutes of the flight.
“Systems designed to automatically transmit the aircraft’s position including the transponder and the aircraft communications addressing and reporting system failed to transmit the aircraft’s position after this time period,” the report further said.
Subsequent analysis of radar and satellite communication data revealed the aircraft had actually continued to fly for a further seven hours.
The report also explained that the 120,000 square kilometres underwater search was done to establish whether or not the debris field of the missing aircraft was in the area of seafloor defined by expert analysis of the aircraft’s flight path and other information.
On March 8, the China bound Boeing 777 with 239 people including the crew onboard went missing.
For the past three years, five pieces of debris which have been identified as either definitely or probably from the jet have been discovered in South Africa, Mauritius, Mozambique, Mauritius and the island of Reunion — likely swept there by currents.