Missing MH370 'could be in Kazakhstan' as 'key location' remains unsearched - News Live
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The aircraft, carrying 239 people vanished on March 8, 2014 - with no confirmed explanations to what actually happened to the doomed flight.
While the most likely theory remains it crashed into the Indian Ocean, investigators initially established two arcs for its final flight path.
If the plane, travelling from Kuala Lumper to Beijing, had travelled south from it's last known position it would have crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean.
However, if it had taken a northern route from its last known position, the arc drawn up by investigators stretches from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, reports the Express .
Speaking about the two possibilities, author of The Plane That Wasn't There, Jeff Wise, said: "If the plane went north, hijackers might have landed in some remote location and the passengers could still be alive.
“If the plane went south, the only destination was a watery grave.
“But of yet there was no clear way to distinguish between the two options."
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak originally appealed to Kazakhstan's President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, asking if a search operation could be set up in the country.
However, his bid was soon sidelined when searches began in the Indian Ocean - where an international flotilla of ships and aeroplanes were disatched.
Since the plane's disappearance, debris has washed up on beaches in Malaysia, Mozambique and Tanzania.
A recent piece of debris found in Madagascar suggests the flight crashed into the sea at "high speed".
The fragment - one of five recovered and analysed in recent months - appears to be from MH370's interior floorboard and offers further clues about the precise location of the crash site.
Aviation expert Victor Iannello, from the Independent Group (IG) of advisers helping Australian officials in the search for MH370, said the piece is consistent with a "high-speed impact".
Relatives of passengers and crew who were on board MH370 have handed over the five fragments to Malaysia's government while urging them to reopen the investigation and resume the search for the missing jet.
The families said the debris was found by villagers in Madagascar, the Indian Ocean island where pieces believed to be from the plane have washed up previously.
The families are desperate to solve the mystery and find out what happened to the 239 passengers and crew who were never found.
More than 30 bits of suspected debris have collected from various places around the world but only three wing fragments, which washed up along the Indian Ocean coast, have been confirmed to be from the plane.
The latest pieces suspected to be from MH370 were found in three different locations in Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa.
One piece was found by a fisherman in August.
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