Australian scientists 'more confident' of MH370 crash location
But Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester suggested it would not lead to a new search.
Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization said it analyzed drift modeling experiments of a Boeing 777 flaperon, instead of replicas to determine the plane's likely location.
The first piece of confirmed MH370 debris, a right wing flaperon, was found in Reunion Island, east of Madagascar, in 2015.
"Testing an actual flaperon has added an extra level of assurance to the findings from our earlier drift modelling work," Dr. David Griffin from the CSIRO said in a statement.
"Earlier drift modeling was conducted using replicas of the flaperon found on La Reunion Island. Those replicas had been made of wood and steel, and were designed to float and behave like the original."
The CSIRO's results corroborate an early conclusion by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau that determined the crash site was likely between the latitudes 40°S and 30.5°S, which placed the crash site in a 9,600-square-mile area north of the original search area.
MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, after leaving Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia en route to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.
Malaysian authorities concluded the flight ended in the Indian Ocean.
Officials indefinitely suspended the search for the airplane in January until "credible new evidence" indicating a precise location is found. ■