International search operations for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 are investigating a claim by an Australian geo resource surveying company, GeoResonance Pty Ltd, that it has detected plane wreckage in the Bay of Bengal.
Malaysian Defence Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said that the international search team is now changing its focus to the Bay of Bengal and the southern Indian Ocean, The Guardian Australia reported.
The location detected by GeoResonance, 190km south of Bangladesh, is far from the South Indian search area where the Australia’s Ocean Shield supposedly first heard MH370’s black box ‘pings’.
GeoResonance uses images, radiation chemistry and other technologies to search for mineral deposits and used the same technology to search for MH370 because the flight was made up of the same minerals: titanium, aluminium and jet fuel residue.
The company claims that it began searching the Bay of Bengal before the official search area moved to the south Indian Ocean.
“The only motivation is to help the families of the missing passengers and crew, knowing the company has the technology capable of the task," it said in a statement to The Guardian Australia.
India, Bangladesh have said that they never detected MH370 in their airspace.
However, a UK satellite company had contact with MH370 a few hours before it dropped off the radar but said their last contact with the plane was over the south Indian Ocean.
In addition, Australian and international search operations are counting the rising cost of the search for MH370, with the average estimated cost of the search running up to AUD $500,000 a day.
Ramon Navaratnam, chairman of the Centre for Public Policy Studies Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute in Malaysia said that there would be a moment that authorities would reach a moment where it would no longer be sensible to search.
“If there’s no prospect, there’s no prospect: We have to be very realistic. But it’s a very difficult to decision to make,”
“It’s like someone on a medical support system and you have to determine whether to pull the wires or not.”