MH370 plunged rapidly: New re­port

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SYD­NEY: Flight MH370 was likely out of con­trol when it plunged into the ocean with its wing flaps not pre­pared for land­ing, a new re­port said yes­ter­day, cast­ing doubt on the­o­ries a pi­lot was still in con­trol.

The Malaysia Airlines Boe­ing 777 dis­ap­peared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Bei­jing on March 8, 2014 car­ry­ing 239 pas­sen­gers and crew.

The re­port by the Aus­tralian Trans­port Safety Bu­reau (ATSB) found the plane’s fi­nal satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions were “con­sis­tent with the air­craft be­ing in a high and in­creas­ing rate of de­scent” when it van­ished. Anal­y­sis of the right out­board flap – which was found off Tan­za­nia – showed it was “most likely in the re­tracted po­si­tion”, sug­gest­ing the plane was not con­fig­ured for land­ing be­fore it smashed into the ocean.

The new find­ing casts doubt on the­o­ries pro­posed by some an­a­lysts that a pi­lot had been fly­ing the plane when it landed in the sea.

“You can draw your own con­clu­sions,” ATSB’s head of MH370 search op­er­a­tions Peter Fo­ley told re­porters, adding that the new find­ings showed “we’re look­ing for an air­craft that’s ac­tu­ally quite close to the sev­enth arc.”

“This re­port con­tains im­por­tant new in­for­ma­tion on what we be­lieve hap­pened at the end of MH370’s flight,” Aus­tralia’s Trans­port Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester said at the start of a three-day meet­ing in Can­berra where ex­perts will plan the fi­nal stages of the search. – AFP

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