Missing MH370: Three with plane crash recovery knowledge in Malaysia to share experience

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The French Embassy has confirmed that three aircraft crash recovery experts from the country are in Malaysia to help investigators look for MH370.

First Secretary Damien Syed said the experts would share their experience in various underwater search operations.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said French experts were helping because of their experience in the search and recovery of Air France Flight 447.

The French airliner crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, seven hours after taking off from Rio de Janeiro on a flight to Paris.

Search teams found debris and several bodies six days after the Airbus A330 aircraft disappeared from radar.

The first batch of debris was dispersed in the ocean over an area covering 600m by 200m.

The aircraft flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were only found two years after the aircraft went down.

Search teams scoured 7,000 sq km of ocean at depths of up to 4,700m to locate the major parts of the aircraft.

Aircraft, ships and submersible were involved in the search with about 1,000 aircraft parts recovered from the sea.

The pieces of the aircraft wreckage were then assembled in a hangar according to the aircraft layout to allow investigators to gather information on the cause of the crash.

In 2012, the French government released their final report in which investigators concluded that the flight crashed due to a combination of technical failures and pilot error.

The search, recovery and probe reportedly cost US$50million (S$63.8 million).