Re­port sug­gests fate of doomed MH370

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

A fresh anal­y­sis of the fi­nal mo­ments of doomed Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370 sug­gests no one was con­trol­ling the plane when it plunged into the ocean, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by in­ves­ti­ga­tors yes­ter­day,

A tech­ni­cal re­port re­leased by the Aus­tralian Trans­port Safety Bureau, which leads the search, seems to sup­port the the­ory in­ves­ti­ga­tors have long favoured: that no one was at the con­trols of the Boe­ing 777 when it ran out of fuel and plum­meted at high speed into a re­mote patch of the In­dian Ocean off western Aus­tralia in 2014.

In re­cent months, crit­ics have in­creas­ingly been push­ing the al­ter­nate the­ory that some­one was still con­trol­ling the plane at the end of its flight. If that was the case, the air­craft could have glided much far­ther, tripling in size the pos­si­ble area where it could have crashed and fur­ther com­pli­cat­ing the al­ready hugely com­plex ef­fort to find it.

But yes­ter­day’s re­port shows that the lat­est anal­y­sis of satel­lite data is con­sis­tent with the plane be­ing in a “high and in­creas­ing rate of de­scent” in its fi­nal mo­ments. The re­port also said that an anal­y­sis of a wing flap that washed ashore in Tan­za­nia in­di­cates the flap was likely not de­ployed when it broke off the plane. A pi­lot would typ­i­cally ex­tend the flaps dur­ing a con­trolled ditch­ing.

Peter Fo­ley, the bureau’s direc­tor of Flight 370 search op­er­a­tions, has pre­vi­ously said that if the flap was not de­ployed, it would al­most cer­tainly rule out the the­ory that the plane en­tered the wa­ter in a con­trolled ditch and would ef­fec­tively val­i­date that searchers are look­ing in the right place for the wreck­age.

“[It] means the air­craft wasn’t con­fig­ured for a land­ing or a ditch­ing - you can draw your own con­clu­sions as to whether that means some­one was in con­trol,” Fo­ley told re­porters in Can­berra.

“You can never be 100 per cent. We are very re­luc­tant to ex­press ab­so­lute cer­tainty.”

The re­port’s re­lease comes as a team of ex­perts be­gin a three-day sum­mit in Can­berra to re­ex­am­ine all the data as­so­ci­ated with the hunt for the plane, which van­ished on March 8, 2014.

SEARCH: For the miss­ing air­liner

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