Perth – Australians believe that THE authorities are looking in the wrong place for THE missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and they do not want to pay any more to find it.
A survey conducted by News Corp Australia has found that although 60% of respondents (2,686) believe the plane will eventually be found, 77% of them (3,411) don’t believe search teams are even looking in the right area.
This theory is backed up by a plethora of both credible and frankly outrageous alleged sightings of the aircraft since it went missing above Malaysia on March 8 carrying 239 people.
It has since reportedly been spotted in the Bay of Bengal, the Gulf of Thailand, the South China Sea — and as far away as the Maldives and Diego Garcia, a United States (US) defence base on a little atoll — but searchers still have no firm clue where the plane actually is.
And although more than half of respondents (55%) think the search should continue until it is found, 71% (3,198) don’t think Australia should keep funding it.
Australia has already spent about US$43 million (RM138.9 million) on the hunt, as talks continue over who will fork out another US$60 million (RM193.8 million) for a more extensive underwater operation.
A similar survey conducted by CNN/ORC International in the US also found most Americans believe the search for the missing plane should continue, but roughly half of respondents in that country also think the arduous search is being conducted in the wrong place.
Nearly eight in 10 respondents of the US poll, or 79%, think there are no survivors.
Slightly more than half of all Americans — or 52% — believe that the general public will eventually find out what occurred, but 46% say that the fate of the missing airliner will always remain a mystery.
Bizarrely, almost one in 10 Americans also think “space aliens” were involved in the disappearance.
The survey found that 9% of the respondents believe “space aliens or beings from another dimension were involved”.