PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - A report by a United Nations-backed watchdog has given fresh hope that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 could still be found intact while reports from a far-flung atoll in the Indian Ocean - Kudahuvadhoo - suggest it could be near there.
Austria-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), which has extremely sensitive sensors throughout the world, says it did not detect any explosion or crash - both on land or at sea - since the aircraft disappeared on March 8.
CTBTO executive secretary Lassina Zarbo said plane accidents could be detected with three of the four technologies used by the organisation's International Monitoring System.
"Our data could potentially shed light on the whereabouts of flight MH370. We owe it to the anxious families waiting for news of their loved ones that this potential is used to its fullest," he said on the CTBTO website.
While the system was put in place primarily to detect nuclear explosions, it can also detect the explosion of a large aircraft as well as its impact on the ground or on water.
CTBTO stations have detected some plane accidents in the past, including the crash of an aircraft at Narita airport in Japan in March 2009.
If the CTBTO information is correct, it raises questions over where the plane is now. Investigators have not ruled out that the plane could have crashed in the Indian Ocean but they are also looking at possible sites where it could have landed.
In the southern corridor, several islands have been identified for scrutiny.
These include Male in the Maldives, the Diego Garcia United States air base, an airport in Sri Lanka - all of which have reportedly been downloaded into the aircraft simulator in the house of the plane's pilot Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
Others include the Christmas Islands and the Cocos Keeling Islands, also in the Indian Ocean.