WHAT HAPPENED TO MH370?
An interdisciplinary research team led by a TAMU math professor has arrived at a theory on what may have happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which disappeared over the Indian Ocean last year.
Dr Goong Chen, an applied mathematician who teaches and researches at Texas A&M at Qatar and the main campus in Texas, USA, has published research that used computer simulations to determine the fate of MH370. The lack of debris or spilled oil in the water near where the plane is presumed to have crashed can only be explained by a near-vertical plunge into the ocean, Dr Chen states, adding that in such a situation the wings would have broken off almost immediately and, along with other heavy debris, would have sunk to the bottom of the ocean, leaving little or no trace to be spotted. Researchers from Texas A&M, Penn State, Virginia Tech, MIT and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute have all been involved in simulating and modeling what might have happened to the plane and have used applied mathematics and computational fluid dynamics to conduct numerical simulations on the RAAD Supercomputer at TAMU of a Boeing 777 plunging into the ocean. The team simulated five different scenarios before arriving at their conclusion.