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Missing Malaysia Airlines jet: Could wreckage found on sea floor be Flight 370?

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In the latest development in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, an Australian sea floor surveying company contends that they have discovered what appears to be metallic wreckage in the Indian Ocean. However, the find seems to be in an area a considerable distance from where the missing Boeing 777 is believed to have actually gone down.

The Daily Mail reported April 29 that GeoResonance, a company that was scanning the ocean floor for metals, found what seemed to be wreckage in the Bay of Bengal that could be that of a commercial airliner. The company took their findings to the proper authorities but were being ignored, they said, so they took the findings public.

"The company is not declaring this is MH370, however it should be investigated," GeoResonance said in a statement.

Flight MH370, which left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for Beijing, China, on March 8 disappeared shortly after takeoff. For reasons unknown, the massing Boeing 777, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crewmen, altered course. It was tracked days later through satellite positional data and is believed to have ended up in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia.

GeoResonance's findings are thousands of miles north of where the last tracking ping was received.

Hours later, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) issued a statement saying it was "satisfied that the final resting place of the missing aircraft is in the southerly portion of the search arc."

GeoResonance used data from images gathered via satellite and aircraft from an area extending over a million square miles, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Objects consistent with that of a large commercial airliner appeared in the data sometime between March 5 and March 10, the company noted.

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been ongoing for nearly two months. It is now entering an entirely new search phase, where the efforts are primarily concentrated on sea-floor scanning.

Australia's Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, stated Monday, according to the Washington Post, that air and water surface searches would come to a halt and the search would focus on underwater exploration. At the same time, the search area was expanded to encompass about 22,000 square miles, an expanse roughly the same size as the state of West Virginia.

An anonymous U. S. official last week told Reuters that the search for Flight MH370, considering that the search area has been broadened, could now take years before the missing plane might be found.