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Shipwreck found, but not plane

AFP
Published : Jan 14, 2016, 6:19 am IST
Updated : Jan 14, 2016, 6:19 am IST

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has uncovered a shipwreck deep underwater, officials said Wednesday, the second such discovery since the search began almost two years ago.

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has uncovered a shipwreck deep underwater, officials said Wednesday, the second such discovery since the search began almost two years ago.

An Australian-led team continues to scour the southern Indian Ocean seabed in hope of finding the final resting place of MH370, which vanished on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

In July last year, a two-metre-long (almost seven-foot) flaperon wing part washed up on a beach on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and was confirmed to be from the ill-fated flight, marking the first concrete evidence that it met a tragic end.

Nothing has been found since despite more than 80,000 square km of the seafloor being searched, based on satellite analysis of the jet’s likely trajectory after it diverted from its flight path.

But another shipwreck — an iron or steel-hulled vessel believed to have gone down at the turn of the 19th century — has been discovered.

Location: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney