No One Controlled Plane Before Plunging, New Report on Missing MH370 Says

Time: 4:07 p.m. CEST


This figure illustrates the resulting flight paths from the simulations performed by the manufacturer and aligned at a point consistent with when the final BTO transmission may have occurred. Courtesy of Australian Transportation Safety Board

No one controlled the missing Malaysia Airline MH370 airplane when sending the last satellite communication before it started to fall into the sea, new report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said. The ATSB released the report on November 2 with some new details on the last moments of missing plane that vanished in March 2014.

“Additional analysis of the final satellite communications to and from the aircraft is consistent with the aircraft being in a high and increasing rate of descent at that time,” the report acknowledges. The flight simulations run by the ATSB say the MH370 flight descended at up to 25,000 feet per minute (284 miles per hour) and it was spiraling in its final moments.

On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airline MH370 vanished of the flight radars shortly after the departure of Kuala Lumpur toward Beijing. In a search for the missing airplane, more than 20 items of debris were found, but only three have been confirmed that are of MH370. The latest debris found of the plane was washed up of the coast of Tanzania in June 2016.

The investigators searched about 110,000 squares kilometers (42, 000 square miles), while the further search should include underwater search of 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles). Regardless located debris, the plane is still missing and according to the Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester, “To have not found the aircraft at this stage is frustrating for everyone and particularly for the families of the passengers and crew.”

Extensive underwater search includes the investigators of different countries, which try to resolve one of the biggest air mysteries.

Related Readings: 

MH370 Search and Debris Examination Update:  ae-2014-054_debris-update_2nov2016



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