Malaysia Airlines Towelette Provides Sliver of Hope in Search for MH370
Photo via Twitter
Whether it can be linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 remains to be seen, but nonetheless an unwrapped moist towelette featuring the carrier's logo has become an object of interest for investigators at the Joint Agency Coordination Centre in Canberra, Australia
According to Australia's 9News, the sealed towelette was discovered by a retired couple along a Western Australia beach last July and has since been handed over to police who subsequently turned it over to the JACC, the agency coordinating the search for MH370.
Kingsley and Vicki Miller stumbled across the towelette in the town of Cervantes, which is located roughly 125 miles north of the Western Australian capital of Perth.
It's been over a year since the flight vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China, and still there's been no trace of the jetliner or the 239 people on board.
"A 6cm x 8cm moist towelette in wrapping branded with the Malaysia Airlines logo was found at Thirsty Point on 2 July 2014. It was handed in to the WA police," said an Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman via the Sydney Morning Herald, who added that "it is unlikely, however, that such a common item with no unique identifier could be conclusively linked with MH370."
While the JACC acknowledges the difficulty in connecting the discovery to the missing plane, experts haven't been able to rule out the possibility that the sealed packet originated inside the presumably crashed aircraft.
According to 9News, "oceanographer and professor Charitha Pattiaratchi of the University of Western Australia said debris from the flight could wash up on any beach from Cervantes to Esperance."
The towelette likely resembled the one pictured below in a reenactment, via 9News on Twitter:
Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of MH370's disappearance, and while various pieces of debris have been discovered since the search began, nothing has been linked to the missing flight.
"It can't go on forever, but as long as there are reasonable leads, the search will go on," said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a statement this past weekend. "We've got 60,000 square kilometers that is the subject of this search. If that's unsuccessful, there's another 60,000 square kilometers that we intend to search and, as I said, we are reasonably confident of finding the plane."
"We wish the searchers well and all speed in their endeavours, news of which every family member eagerly awaits," added Abbot. "A year on, our collective resolve for answers remains steadfast."
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