Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said Wednesday he hoped new technologies, improved data analysis and better equipment would help solve the MH370 mystery.
Investigators with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the agency leading the hunt for the missing plane, said that bad weather was hampering the final stage of the search.
The news comes as the underwater search for the missing Boeing 777-200 — jointly funded by Australia, China and Malaysia — is nearing its end this month.
Australian Federal Police said Monday they had been in contact with a group over its belief it may have found personal items that belonged to crash victims.
The Dutch-owned search vessel MV Fugro Equator left Australian port Fremantle to conduct a sweep of a 1,864-miles search area southwest of Perth.
Some relatives of those on board the missing plane traveled to Madagascar to search for debris from the plane and also raise awareness.
Relatives of the passengers of the missing jet left for Madagascar to lobby for an extension and said they would take the search into their own hands if needed.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau released sonar images of the man-made objects that are currently being examined by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).
The underwater search for the missing plane in a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean has so for yielded no concrete clues as to the plane's whereabouts.
Voice370, an association of relatives, will seek help from local organizations to search for debris from the missing jet.
Weather conditions are reportedly unsuitable for both Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Remotely Operated Vehicle operations.
The ATSB, which is leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, was “just trying to write a cover story to protect themselves," aviation commentator Byron Bailey said.
Authorities announced in July 2016 that the search for the plane will be suspended if no credible new evidence is found in the current area.
The ill-fated Malaysia Airlines plane was in a “high and increasing rate of descent” when it made its last satellite communication, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said.
Authorities announced in July 2016 that the search for the plane will be suspended if no credible new evidence is found in the current search area.
Authorities confirmed that the piece of a wing flap found on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius in May belonged to the Malaysia Airlines aircraft, which went missing in 2014.
Aviation journalist Christine Negroni reportedly writes in her new book, “The Crash Detectives,” that the airline knew its communications systems were substandard.
Only one of the two vessels involved in sweeping the Indian Ocean for wreckage was actually out on the water this week.
The latest report comes a day after investigators confirmed that a flap section found off Tanzania belonged to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
The confirmation comes as the search for the missing plane is set to be suspended in December if no concrete clues of the aircraft’s whereabouts are found.