MH370: Shocking Revelation In New Report On Missing Malaysian Plane
There is a new finding after a safety investigation into the circumstances surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
The aircraft disappeared on March 8, 2014 and has remained a mystery for nation's that engaged in the search for the plane.
A safety investigation report released on Monday indicated that the plan was likely steered off course intentionally by someone on board and flown over the southern Indian Ocean for more than seven hours after communication with air traffic controllers was cut off.
The investigation was conducted by the Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370 (Boeing 777) that was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Officials believe the plane ran out of fuel and crashed somewhere in the far southern Indian Ocean.
According to the report, a review of available radar and satellite communications indicated that the aircraft flew back across the Malaysian Peninsula and subsequently travelled to the southern Indian Ocean.
Despite an extensive air and sea search, the location of the aircraft and occupants remain unknown.
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The report said there was not enough information to determine if the aircraft broke up in the air or upon crashing in the ocean.
It also stated that there was little evidence to support the case that instrument or technical malfunction caused the change in direction because a turn the plane made "would have been carried out with the autopilot disengaged," as it would not have been possible to complete the manoeuvre using autopilot in the time the flight data indicated it took.
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"Although it cannot be conclusively ruled out that an aircraft or system malfunction was a cause, based on the limited evidence available, it is more likely that the loss of communication … prior to the diversion is due to the systems being manually turned off or power interrupted ... whether with intent or otherwise," the report stated.
The 449-page report compiled by a 19-member international team states a mechanical malfunction is also unlikely, though not entirely impossible.
The report says the plane's "maintenance history and events prior to the last flight do not show any issues that could have contributed and resulted in the deviation and subsequent changes in the flight path".
"Without the benefit of the examination of the aircraft wreckage and recorded flight data information, the investigation is unable to determine any plausible aircraft or systems failure mode that would lead to the observed systems deactivation, diversion from the filed flight plan route and the subsequent flight path taken by the aircraft," the report said.
The report also suggested that one of the two pilots on board was piloting the plane, but investigators couldn't rule out any unlawful acts.
"There is also no evidence to suggest that the aircraft was flown by anyone other than the designated MAS pilots.
"However, the Team does not exclude the possibility of intervention by a third party," the report added.
After several months of searches only some debris linked to the aircraft were recovered in Africa and India Ocean islands consistent with having drifted over nearly two years from the area in which impact is thought to have occurred.
It is not clear if the new report would trigger further search to find the plane's black boxes.
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