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10 Things The Search For MH370 Uncovered That Wasn't The Missing Plane

10 Things The Search For MH370 Uncovered That Wasn't The Missing Plane
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Malaysia Airlines MH370 was an international passenger flight operated by Malaysian Airlines.

On the 8th March 2014, the plane disappeared while en route to Beijing, having departed from Kuala Lumpur in the early morning. Flight MH370 was never found, with all 227 passengers and 12 crew abroad presumed dead.

However, that's not to say that nobody cares. Since the disappearance, several people from a number of countries have attempted to find the missing plane, something that has resulted in one of the most costly aviation searches in the world.

In fact, some of the world's most advanced technology has been used to scan the bottom of the ocean in the hope of finding the plane or at least an idea of what happened. Unfortunately, the plane has yet to be found, but the search has uncovered some remnants of the past that have to lead to some exciting yet bittersweet discoveries.

10. Valleys Upon Valleys Upon Valleys

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The Indian Ocean is full of mountains larger than the world-renowned Mount Everest, bigger than the biggest volcanos on land, and littered with fault valleys bigger than anything you could ever imagine.

The fault valleys measure around 1,200 meters deep and a whopping 5 kilometers wide. So, you can only imagine the scary yet amazing things that lurk beneath the waters.

Due to sonar technology, the valleys have also revealed a large amount of pricey and rare fish that reside in the area. Not only has this attracted deep-sea fisherman looking for a quick buck, but it has caught the eye of large and menacing fishing companies intent on cleaning the area out.

Just what the world needs...

9. Anchors, Debris, And Historical Objects

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In March 2015, the world held its breath as a debris field was found by crew members of Fugro Equator, a team that was dedicated to finding the missing aircraft.

Sadly, after a thorough search, it was revealed that the mass of debris was actually from a number of scattered shipwrecks discovered in the area.

Thankfully, something useful did come of the discovery. The debris featured an anchor, some metal fasteners and some shady objects such as glass bottles, daggers, and a bell. It was the anchor that turned out to be the most valuable item as it helped identify the time that a nearby ship was made, hence figuring out where it came from.

8. Rugged Ridges

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Above ground, ridges are a chain of mountains or hills that slope away from one another to form a narrow crest.

Below ground? They are exactly the same, just underwater they tend to be a lot more threatening.

In the ocean, ridges tend to look a lot more daunting, mostly due to the intense depth of the water that surrounds it. During the search for the missing airline, photographers managed to capture a number of undiscovered ridges, with some reaching a whopping 300 meters high.

7. A "Mystery Chest"

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What's a shipwreck without a treasure chest?

During the search for the missing airliner, a mysterious chest was found tucked inside one of the shipwrecks that were found nearby via sonar technology.

The mystery chest immediately became the focus of the investigation, with some believing it to be full of gold, silver, or at least a map to another dimension.

In the end, the treasure chest actually turned out to be a water tank, which... surprise surprise... stored water and did absoutley nothing else.

6. The Kooringa

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Not long after the MH370 disappeared, satellite images of what looked like plane debris suggested that the missing aircraft had fallen into the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Search teams pounced on the area, doing their very best to uncover the plane as well as the passengers on board.

They may not have found the plane wreckage but they did find the final resting place of a cargo ship that was carrying a number of seamen as well as wives and children.

The vessel was narrowed down to a few likely suspects, with the Kooringa cited as a possibility. The Kooringa, which set sail in 1894, failed to reach its destination and was presumed to have sunk.

5. Deep Trenches

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The Diamantina Trench is one of the largest pits in the whole of the Indian Ocean. The trench, which is a whopping 7,000 meters deep, is also likely to be the missing MH370's resting place. That's if it wasn't abducted by aliens of course.

During the search for the plane, sonar technology also discovered a number of other gigantic trenches, some measuring a massive 1,400 meters deep.

The discovery led searchers to believe that the missing MH370 plane could potentially be in any of these trenches which could then be near enough impossible to find.

4. The West Ridge

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Sonar devices may have failed to pick up the missing Malaysian flight MH370, but it did manage to figure out where the missing West Ridge ended up.

On December 19, 20015, the wreckage of the iron built West Ridge Ship was found 12,000 feet below the surface of the Indian ocean.

Photographs revealed that the boat was lying upright and likely weighed a whopping 1,665 tons with at least two decks and a whole host of amenities.

The ship, which was built all the way back in 1869, was originally built in Glasgow but set sail to Austalia on a coal mission. Unfortunately, the boat failed to arrive, along with 28 crew members.

As of now, the boat remains at the bottom of the ocean, with search teams claiming it would be too expensive to lift the boat no matter how tempting it might be.

3. Mud Volcano

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Mud Volcanos are some of the coolest things in the world, despite how creepy they can look.

Formed by the eruption of mud, water, and gasses, they're scattered all over the world both on land and the ocean floor. In fact, you can even sit in some of them and indulge in what is famously called, "a mud bath."

Mud volcanos might not be the same as the volcanos we see spouting lava, but they sure do pack a punch, just ask one of the MH370 search vehicles.

While searching for the missing flight, the deep-sea exploration vehicle was destroyed after colliding into a gigantic mud volcano on the floor of the Indian ocean. As a result of the collision, the vehicle, along with 4,500 metres of cable, was lost forever.

2. The Barque Magdala

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In 1882, a ship carrying tons of coal left Wales for an exciting journey to the other side of the world. The destination was Indonesia, a completely different world to the Welsh people of the 19th century.

The boat was likely to have been transporting coal from the famed Welsh mines and weighed about 880 tons, which was pretty normal for a boat traveling such a distance.

Sadly, the ship didn't make it to its intended destination and seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth. Or at least that's what people thought.

In 2015, the ship was discovered, only this time it was at the bottom of the Indian ocean. it was revealed that the boat was likely to have been sunk by an explosion.

However, although it is likely to be the Barque Magdala, other boats have been suggested as the wrecked vessel, with the Brig Gordon suggested as a likely suspect...

1. The Brig W Gordon

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In 1887, the wooden Brig W Gordon left the rainy ports of Scotland for the sunny lands of Western Australia.

According to records, the ship was reported to have gone missing off the coast of Western Australia, leaving families and friends with no idea what had happened to their loved ones.

Over a hundred years later, the wreckage was finally discovered while search teams looked for the missing MH370. The team sent underwater drones 20,000 ft deep into the ocean revealing that the boat was probably transporting coal from Britain to Western Australia.

There is no news whether the ship can be lifted to the ground or not. However, it is probably highly unlikely due to the state of the ship and how well it would survive above the water.