KUALA LUMPUR- Experts suggest that the search for Malaysia Airlines (MH) flight MH370 might yield results in a matter of days, potentially concluding one of the most perplexing aviation mysteries.
The disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet occurred on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Malaysia Airlines MH370 Missing Mystery
In the initial 40 minutes of Flight MH370, commanded by senior pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah and first officer Fariq Hamid, everything seemed normal from the ground.
However, just moments after entering Vietnamese airspace, MH370 completely disappeared from radar, and all subsequent attempts to establish contact proved unsuccessful.
Despite an extensive search effort spanning from the Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast to Central Asia, no trace was discovered of the Boeing 777 or the 227 passengers and 12 crew members who disappeared with it.
In September, aerospace expert Jean-Luc Marchand and pilot Patrick Blelly advocated for a renewed search during a presentation at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.
They asserted that the plane could be located with a focused 10-day effort. Mr. Marchand stated, “We have done our homework. We have a proposal…the area is small, and considering new capabilities, it will take 10 days.”
“It could be a swift process. Until the wreckage of MH370 is discovered, the events remain unknown. However, this is a plausible trajectory.”
Hijacking by Pilot
As per Mail Online’s report, the duo urged the Australian Transport Safety Authority, the Malaysian government, and exploration company Ocean Infinity to initiate a fresh search. They indicated that the identified search area was centered on the belief that the plane was intentionally hijacked.
“We believe, and our research has indicated, that a skilled pilot likely carried out the hijacking,” Mr. Marchand stated.
The cabin was depressurized, and a soft control ditching was performed to minimize debris. The maneuver was executed to avoid detection or being located.
“Indeed, the aircraft remained invisible except to military radar. The individual understood that triggering search and rescue would follow the flight path.”
This follows reports suggesting that the aircraft could be located approximately 1,560km west of Perth, Australia, thanks to the use of amateur radio technology.
The researchers, Richard Godfrey, Dr. Hannes Coetzee, and Professor Simon Maskell, employed a Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) to trace the flight path of the Boeing 777 for six hours after losing contact.
In a comprehensive 229-page report, the team stated, “This technology has been developed over the past three years, and the results present credible new evidence. It aligns with analyses by Boeing…and drift analyses by the University of Western Australia of debris recovered around the Indian Ocean.”
They successfully identified 125 points along the plane’s route, with its trajectory corresponding to data from Boeing, Inmarsat satellites, and drift analysis.
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