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MH370 search yet to target most likely crash site, says Inmarsat

Published on Jun 17, 2014 11:37 AM
A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) of HMAS Perth searching for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - The search for the missing Malaysian Flight MH370 is yet to target the most likely crash site, having been distracted by what is now believed to have been a bogus signal, British company Inmarsat claimed on Tuesday.

Inmarsat's scientists told the BBC's Horizon programme that they had calculated the plane's most likely flight path and a "hotspot" in the southern Indian Ocean in which it most likely came down.

The flight lost contact on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with total of 239 passengers and crew on board.

Hourly pings sent by the plane were received by Inmarsat's spacecraft, leading scientists to calculate its likely path.

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