19th Century Shipwreck Discovered By Australians Still Looking For MH370

19th Century Shipwreck Discovered by Australians Still Looking for MH370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously disappeared on 8 March 2014 — nearly two years ago, if you can believe it. And while Australian researchers still haven't found the plane, they recently discovered a shipwreck dating back to the 19th century. The Australians discovered an anomaly on the floor of the Indian Ocean back in December and deployed an unmanned submarine on January 2 to take high-resolution sonar pictures, like the one you see above. In fact, this is the second 19th century shipwreck discovered by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in the past two years during their efforts to find the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had 239 passengers aboard and is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean somewhere west of Australia. No one is quite sure of the reason for the crash, though a wing segment from the Boeing 777 was finally found washed up on the island of La RĂ©union back in July of 2015.

We'll likely never know the name of the newly discovered lonely ship that's currently slumbering at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Those kinds of endeavours take time and money, which is currently only being spent on finding MH370. So far, the Australian government has spent over $76 million looking for the plane.

Since the 2014 crash, China, Malaysia and Australia have all agreed to search an area covering roughly 120,000 square kilometres of the Indian Ocean. They have covered about 80,000 square kilometres so far, though Australian officials are somewhat frustrated that they seem to be footing most of the bill.

Authorities say that they will likely give up on the search sometime within the next six months if their efforts continue to fail. But who knows how many 19th century shipwrecks they will find by that time? At the going rate, there's a good chance they will find at least one more.

[Australian Transport Safety Bureau via AP]


Comments

    $76 million - why? No disrespect intended but imagine how many lives could have been saved with that money instead of searching for lives that are lost.

      If they find the plane they can find out what happened, and then prevent that from happening again maybe??

      Also... sell the GPS co-ords to James Cameron so he can make Romantic Drama's about these ships.

      Fair point but there's no guarantee that that money would've been used for another purpose.

      The dollar value isn't always what's important. The findings they may gather if they ever get their hands on the black box could unlock all sorts of secrets and prevent any number of tragedies in the future.

    So, downed alien space craft discovered in epic sonar survey...can still happen.

    If anyone is curious what the interior of a 19th century ship was like, the SS Great Britain is probably the best example (from 1845, now preserved as a museum). A google image search for "ss great Britain interior" should give some decent results.

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