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Officials: MH370 not in Bay of Bengal

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Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre [JACC] dismissed claims by a private company that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had been located in the Bay of Bengal more than 5,000 kilometres from the current search area, known as the southern corridor, searchers said in a statement to Examiner.com on Tuesday.

GeoResonance—a geophysical survey company based in Adelaide—claimed Tuesday to have satellite images which showed debris resembling a passenger plane on the bottom of the Bay of Bengal. Examiner.com was unable to reach the company for comment or independently obtain the images. “GeoResonance combines over 20 technologies and patented know-hows into one methodology,” the company’s website said.

“The Australian led search is relying on information from satellite and other data to determine the missing aircraft’s location,” JACC said. “The location specified by the GeoResonance report is not within the search arc derived from this data.”

JACC said Tuesday in another statement that Bluefin-21 has completed 16 missions and searched 314 square kilometres around the area where the last ‘ping’ signals were detected. Vessels that remain on standby will transition to and from the search area but Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield, used to deploy and support Bluefin-21, will remain on station. Other vessels and aircraft involved in the extensive search to date will be reassigned to their national duties, JACC said.

“Any further information will be made public if, and when, it becomes available.”

The international team searching for MH370 is “satisfied” that the final resting place of the plane is in the southern corridor of the search arc just south of Indonesia and west of the Australian coast, JACC said. There are at least 26 countries involved in the search, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in early April.

Emotions, running high since the March 8 disappearance of MH370, boiled over Thursday when family members barricaded Malaysia Airlines [MAS] staff in a hotel ballroom in Beijing for a short time before releasing them. In another incident just two days before, a MAS security supervisor was “attacked” by a Chinese family member causing the airline to file a police report.

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