Bangladesh Navy has launched a fresh search operation for the missing Malaysian passenger aircraft, MH Flight 370, in the Bay of Bengal, following the suggestion by an Australian survey company that the wreckage of a plane might be found in the bay. According to news published in international media, the Aussie sea-survey firm, GeoResonance, claimed that electromagnetic fields captured by airborne multispectral images some 190 kilometers off the coast of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal showed the evidence of aluminum, titanium, copper and other elements that could have been part of the missing aircraft.The MH 370 has been missing with 239 people on board since March 8. Contacted, director of BN Intelligence, Commodore Rashed Ali, said on Friday that two naval ships – a frigate and a survey vessel – have been conducting a search operation in the Bay of Bengal to verify the international media reports. “The two ships have been conducting search operation from April 29, but are yet to identify the presence of anything in the connection till Friday evening,” he added. Asked how long the search operation can continue, Commodore Rashed Ali said nothing definite can be said about it. Earlier, on March 15, two frigates and two maritime patrol aircraft of Bangladesh Navy were deployed in the Bay and its adjoining areas as part of a search operation for the missing Malaysian aircraft. The Bangladesh navy wrapped up the operation several days later as it did not find any elements to prove that the aircraft was crushed in Bangladesh water territories. The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, with 239 people on board, dropped off the air traffic control screens on March 8, less than an hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It is one of the most baffling mysteries in the history of modern aviation as there has been no trace of the plane or any sign of wreckage despite a search by navies and military aircraft of over a dozen countries across the Southeast Asia. – UNB


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