MH370: Warning issued amid hopes breakthrough in months in search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane

MH370: Warning issued amid hopes breakthrough in months in search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane

Missing flight MH370: 'NEW evidence' uncovered boosts bid to RESUME search

Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey

Published: 16/03/2024

- 11:05

Relatives have been pushing for a new official search for the missing aircraft

Relatives of passengers onboard the doomed MH370 flight have been warned against being too optimistic of a breakthrough by Malaysia's Prime Minister.

Anwar Ibrahim said on Friday that he was not as optimistic as others that the missing Malaysian Airlines plane could be found.

Calls for a new search for the aircraft have ramped up in recent months due to the 10 year anniversary of the disappearance and also after one Australian fisherman provided fresh insight into what may have happened to the plane.

The international passenger flight disappeared from radar on March 8 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

None of the 227 passengers or 12 crew members on board have ever been found.

Speaking on Friday, Anwar admitted that he was uncertain an answer would ever be found as to what happened to the flight.


The Malaysian Airlines plane went missing in 2014


"I don’t want to give them a false hope that we can secure an answer," Anwar said during a visit to Germany yesterday.

"But I want to convince them that we are doing everything possible."

Committing to doing what he could, he vowed to put up "substantial funds" to find answers.

Multiple theories as to what may have happened to MH370 have been put forward in recent months, including by one expert who has claimed he found the plane’s hidden flightpath which gives a clue about where the jet could have ended up.


MH370 search officer makes candid admission over error that made huge impact on investigationNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Retired British aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey said he remains “absolutely convinced it will only take one more search” to locate the lost plane using Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) radio.

“I think we have not found MH370 simply because we did not look wide enough from the seventh arc," he said.

Simon Maskell, Professor of Autonomous Systems at the University of Liverpool, added: “It's completely conceivable that WPSR works.

“It's not yet proven. Proving whether WSPR works is what we're trying to do now.”

He added: “What we want to do is to use all the data globally from all the aeroplanes that are flying, in a day, and that will give us several times as much data as Richard has previously been able to consider.”

Australia has so far led the search for MH370, with 21 aircraft and 19 ships.

The search was conducted across a 12,000-square-mile corridor of water known as the seventh arc.

The operation is estimated to have cost £120million by the time the large-scale search was called off by the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments.

You may like