(CNN) – An Australian company says it’s found debris that could be from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. But, authorities are dismissing the claims because it’s thousands of miles from the current search area.
As the underwater search off Australia enters a new phase, a private company is raising the possibility that Flight 370 may actually have crashed several thousand miles away in the Bay of Bengal. An Australian firm called GeoResonance says it detected metals consistent with a large aircraft that could be from the missing plane.
“We’re not trying to say that it definitely is MH 370. However, it is a lead that we feel should be followed up.”
GeoResonance says the metals appeared in the Bay of Bengal sometime between March 5th and 10th. Flight 370 went missing on the 8th. The company launched its own search for the plane using technology originally created to find nuclear warheads and submarines.
The Australian-led search team is dismissing the company’s claims, saying it’s satisfied that the jet went down in the southern Indian Ocean, based on its analysis of satellite and other data.
Flight 370 families are urging investigators to explore every possible lead.
“We would like to see the government follow-up on this. It seems valid.”
Many relatives of the missing passengers attended a briefing today in China, and heard new details about the investigation. For the first time, they were allowed to hear the actual recording of the final words between the tower and the cockpit before the radio contact was lost.
“ATC Malaysia Three Seven Zero contact Ho Chi Minh 120.9 Good Night”
“MAS 370 Good Night Malaysian Three Seven Zero”
“Finally they have give it to us. I think it is a good beginning and we want them to keep on giving more since we required.”
Back here in Australia, more than 600 military personnel marked the end of the air search; posing in front of the planes they used to scan the ocean’s surface for six weeks without finding any trace of Flight 370.