The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has deepened after a new study suggests the flight may have taken a different route.
The flight, which disappeared without trace in 2014 with 239 people on board may have disappeared north-east of Madagascar, rather than south-west of Australia, the researchers believe.
Researchers from Cardiff University analysed underwater sound waves recorded on the day the Boeing 777 vanished.
Two hydro acoustic stations in the Indian Ocean picked up signals which may be indicative of a large object hitting the water.
The two stations continuously record soundwaves in the Indian Ocean – but researchers re-examined signals from a station at Diego Garcia, based on a new understanding of how quickly sound waves travel underwater.
Dr Usama Kadri of Cardiff University wrote in a piece for The Conversation, ‘We have now been able to identify two locations where the aeroplane could have impacted with the ocean, as well as an alternative route that the plane may have taken.’
‘If the signals are related to MH370, this would suggest a new possible impact location in the northern part of the Indian Ocean ‘
Dr Kadri suggests that signals from both stations be analysed again, and has communicated her findings to Malaysian authorities.