MH370 breakthrough: Crash location may be found

After three years, could the search finally be over?
After three years, could the search finally be over? Photo credit: Supplied

An explosive new report may have pinpointed the location of the missing flight MH370, which disappeared in 2014.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's (ATSB) study uses a combination of refined drift models and satellite imagery to narrow down the search area to a zone half the size of Melbourne.

Four photos taken by a French Military satellite in late March 2014 have been examined by GeoScience Australia, who found 12 objects they believe to be man-made. Another 28 objects are possibly man-made.

The objects match some of the debris items that have washed up on beaches, and the location matches that predicted by drift testing using aircraft components.

However ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood warns the public not to misinterpret the findings.

"Clearly we must be cautious," Mr Hood said. "These objects have not been definitely identified as MH370 debris.

"Geoscience Australia identified a number of objects in the satellite imagery which have been classified as probably man-made.

"The image resolution is not high enough to be certain whether the objects originated from MH370 or are other objects that might be found floating in oceans around the world."

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lasted three years and cost $160 million, but failed to find the missing airplane.