The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has entered its most intensive phase yet as dozens of planes and ships continue to scour the southern Indian Ocean. A multinational team is desperately trying to find debris floating in the water or faint sound signals from the recorders that could lead them to the aircraft and help unravel the mystery of its fate.
Up to 13 planes and 11 ships are taking part on Saturday, Australian officials co-ordinating the search said.
Ships with advanced locator technology are trying to find the plane’s data recorders before their batteries fade.
The plane disappeared on 8 March and was carrying 239 people.
It is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, although no confirmed debris has been found.
It is still not known why the plane diverted from its planned flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing,
Finding floating wreckage is key to narrowing the search area, as officials can then use data on currents to backtrack to where the plane hit the water, and where the flight recorders may be.
Beacons in the black boxes emit “pings” so they can be more easily found, but the batteries only last about a month. So far, there’s been no sign of the Boeing 777.
The search will get more complicated if the signal beacons fall silent.