Australias multimillion-dollar search effort for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight tested the limits of human endeavour and failed. Where did it go wrong?
Nearly three years after the disappearance of MH370, theories abound as to what caused the Boeing-777 to change course and fly more than six hours with its satellite and navigation systems turned off, before plummeting into the Indian Ocean at terrifying speed.
At a media conference in Melbourne on Wednesday, the Australian transport minister, Darren Chester, said the mission led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had been at the cutting edge of science and technology, and tested the limits of human endeavour.
Why did such an extraordinary effort fail?
Chester stressed that very limited data had been available in the months after the planes disappearance on 8 March 2014. But independent investigators who have been following the search closely say the ATSB made crucial errors in determining where to look.
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