MH370 plunged into ocean at high speed: re­port

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al­low­ing it to en­ter the wa­ter out­side the 120 000 square kilo­me­tre area be­ing searched, some ex­perts have sug­gested.

But ex­ten­sive test­ing by air­craft man­u­fac­turer Boe­ing and new Aus­tralian de­fence de­part­ment data anal­y­sis both sug­gest that — re­gard­less of the pos­si­ble ac­tions of one or both of the pi­lots — the jet dived into the ocean at high speed, The Aus­tralian re­ported.

Once MH370 ran out of fuel and the en­gines flamed, it slowed be­fore plung­ing down to­wards the wa­ter in a se­ries of swoops — drop­ping from 35 000 feet at a rate of be­tween 12 000 feet a minute and 20 000 feet a minute, Boe­ing said, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The sharp dive was con­firmed by a new data anal­y­sis by Aus­tralia’s de­fence de­part­ment in­volv­ing sig­nals sent au­to­mat­i­cally be­tween the plane and a satel­lite, the head of the agency lead­ing the MH370 hunt said.

Aus­tralian Trans­port and Safety Bureau chief Greg Hood said this sup­ported the view MH370 “was likely to have crashed in the 120 000 square kilo­me­tre area now be­ing searched,” the pa­per said.

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