MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014 while enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the official Malaysian investigation has concluded that it ended its flight in the southern Indian Ocean. "It does, however, increase our confidence in that estimate, so we are now even more confident that the aircraft is within the new search area identified and recommended in the MH370 First Principles Review".
Instead of using a replica flaperon as they did for their earlier drift analysis report, the scientists obtained and modified a genuine used Boeing 777 part so that it appeared identically damaged to the debris that washed up on the island.
Dr Griffin further added: "We've found that an actual flaperon goes about 20 degrees to the left, and faster than the replicas, as we thought it might".
After the exhaustive search for the MH370 wreckage was officially called off in January, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester responded to the CSIRO's findings on Friday saying he welcomes the report, but that "it does not provide new evidence" in the hunt for the missing plane.
"This new work leaves us more confident in our findings", Dr David Griffin, a principal research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) said in a statement.
As part of the test, the wing part was cut down to match photographs of MH370's flaperon and then placed in waters near Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, an island state south of Australia's mainland.
In their new report, the CSIRO team confirmed their new findings correspond to their previous predictions for the plane's location.
Authorities from Malaysia, Australia and China suspended the search after almost three years of looking and Australia contributing $60 million to a $200-million-dollar underwater search effort, which was the largest in aviation history.
The search for the Boeing 777 was suspended in January 2017.
He said a copy of the report had been provided to Malaysia for consideration in its ongoing investigation into the disappearance of the aircraft.
There are reasonable if debatable concerns that the sunk wreckage of MH370 may be been so shattered and dispersed in a high speed mid-air breakup as it plunged toward the ocean, or on impact, that it had not been detected in the previously searched but often very deep and complex 120,000 square kilometres priority zone.
"Malaysia as the lead investigator will work closely with the Australian and Chinese governments in deciding any future search efforts", an ATSB spokesman told the ABC.
Flaperon used for drift modelling in the search for MH370.
March 7, 2015: Malaysia's transport minister says new plan will be formulated and data will be re-examined.
The December findings were based in part on drift analysis of six replicas of a piece of Flight 370 known as a flaperon which was found on Reunion Island in the west Indian Ocean in July 2015.