The quest for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is to finish in May. Search teams will cover 60,000 square kilometers of the seabed in the South of the Indian Ocean.
Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC) authorities declared that three watercrafts involved in huge underwater chase had already explored two-thirds of area, with utmost priority. The Joint Agency Coordination Center is the organization managing the pursuit. JACC did not elaborate on what will happen if the aircraft is not spotted in the search area. Initially it was believed that the hunt for the missing plane will take around 12 months.
Flight Mh370 vanished on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 travelers plus board crew about nine months ago. An area of 1,200 kilometers south west of Perth has been estimated to be the most probable region where the plane sank according to satellite links to Mh370. The satellite data revealed that the plane altered its flying course for obscure reasons, initially to the west and then towards south.
A computer animated video and sonar pictures were made public by the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau. The images present 6-kilometre-deep seabed in the Indian Ocean taken by GO Phoenix watercraft. Never ending kilometers of sandy slopes and chasms were displayed but none of them showed any sign of the missing plane.
The search will be completed in May 2015 provided no postponements with ships, weather or searching equipment occur.
The Joint Agency Co-appointment Center also stated that what happens next with the hunt for the missing plane will be decided jointly by Malaysia, China and Australia.
Besides spotting the airplane, the underwater exploration aims to find and recover particular aircraft parts like the flight recorder, which will provide further information vital for the investigation.
A week ago, the relatives of the 239 travelers and board crew gave the authorities in charge DNA samples of their loved ones in order to help identify the victims if the plane is discovered.
The most recent JACC news said the Fugro Equator search ship kept mapping the sea floor and would come back to Fremantle when the current phase of the exploration is accomplished during this month.
Around 200,000 square kilometers of the inquiry zone have been mapped until now. Fugro Discovery landed back in the inquiry territory on December 4, while GO Phoenix came back last Tuesday, and both have resumed the pursuit operations underwater.
Families are still grieving for their loved ones, who went missing on March 8.