A marine exploration company has claimed it’s found wreckage in the Indian Ocean consistent with that of a commercial airliner.
“We’re not trying to say that it definitely is MH370, however it is a lead we feel should be followed up,” GeoResonance spokesman David Pope told Australia TV station 7News.
The location of the company’s sighting is nearly 3,000 miles north of the official search zone in the southern Indian Ocean.
According to the GeoResonance website, the company’s geophysical survey methods have been used to identify WWII munitions that later led to the recovery of explosives left buried under layers of silt in the coastal Black Sea.
According to CNN, Malaysian Acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia "is working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information."
However, the agency responsible for coordinating the multinational search in the southern Indian Ocean dismissed the claim.
“The Australian-led search is relying on information from satellite and other data to determine the missing aircraft's location,” the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said in a statement reported on CNN.com. "The location specified by the GeoResonance report is not within the search arc derived from this data.”
Pope told 7News GeoResonance experts compared recent findings with images taken on March 5, three days before MH370 was reported missing.
“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370,” Pope said.
There’s no indication the JACC will investigate.
“The joint international team is satisfied that the final resting place of the missing aircraft is in the southerly portion of the search arc,” the agency said according to a CNN report.