More than two years after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, professionals continue to investigate the matter as debris claimed to be from the plane are periodically found. In the latest statement from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), who is leading the search and recovery mission, new evidence supports that the aircraft spiraled out of control prior to its crash.
A new report from the ATSB published on Nov. 2 suggests that no one was manning the aircraft when it made its descent. Satellite data actually contradicts previous theories that the MH370 was steered to plunge into the ocean. Simulated models of the plane’s final trajectory, as well as remnants of the aircraft collected in the shores of Africa, show that there were no hints of a supposed emergency water landing.
It can be remembered that all throughout this debacle of trying to sort out what exactly happened to the plane, there was some buzz surrounding a possible mass murder-suicide theory. Given the new findings that claim the MH370 hurtled downwards in a staggering 25,000 feet per minute, the horrifying theory is seemingly debunked.
“The really important news in this report is that the flap found in Tanzania was stowed,” AirlineRatings.com aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas told CNN in a special interview. “Therefore there was no way this airplane was being flown by anyone. It was out of control, ran out of fuel and spiraled into the sea at high speed.”
This is also supported by the media outlet’s own aviation analyst, Mary Schiavo, who is a former U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General.
“The wreckage showed that what you would have extended the landing flaps were not extended in the final moments of the flight, so no one was planning to land the plane on water,” she stated.
Meanwhile, the agreement among ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People’s Republic of China made on July 22, 2016, still holds. It says, “should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would be suspended upon completion of the 120,000 square kilometer search area.”
Sweeping of the entire range is expected to finish in January/February 2017 considering the unpredictability of the weather.