A global team of experts reviewing data relating to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will need at least two weeks to complete the task, an official said Thursday.
“They are following best practice and they need to be thorough,” a spokeswoman for Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre told NBC News. "So I think they are expecting it to go on for a couple of weeks."
When the review is finished, the team make recommendations on the next phase of the search and "assist in progressing future underwater search planning."
Representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.K.’s Air Accident Investigation Branch and the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau are among those examining the data in Canberra.
Experts from Inmarsat, the British satellite communications company which helped to narrow down the search zone, and technical advisers from Boeing are also poring over the data.
No debris has been found since the Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8.
On Tuesday, an expert told NBC News that only "a handful" of commercial vehicles could search the depths of the southern Indian Ocean in the area that is believed to be the Boeing 777's final resting place.
- Henry Austin
First published May 8 2014, 1:27 AM