Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing since 2014, was probably steered off course deliberately and flown to the southern Indian Ocean, according to the Malaysian government’s safety report into the disaster.
MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. Investigators have never been able to explain why the jet abandoned its route shortly into the flight, traversed Malaysia and then cruised south over the Indian Ocean.
It’s difficult to attribute the change in course to any system failure, according to the report released Monday. “It is more likely that such maneuvers are due to the systems being manipulated,” the report said.
Experts mapped the Boeing 777’s course only after picking through hourly data hookups with a satellite. Extensive sonar searches of remote waters off Australia’s west coast failed to locate the wreckage.
Monday’s 449-page report offered little to solve modern aviation’s biggest mystery — and stopped short of apportioning specific blame. There’s nothing to suggest the plane was evading radar, or evidence of behavioral changes in the crew, it said. Significant parts of the aircraft’s power system, including the autopilot function, were probably working throughout the flight, the report said.
“We are unable to determine with any certainty the reasons that the aircraft diverted from its filed planned route,” Kok Soo Chon, chief inspector of the MH370 investigation team, told reporters in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur. “The possibility of intervention by a third party cannot be excluded.”
Without the help of cockpit data recorders, search teams could only guess what happened in the flight’s final moments. Analysis by the Australian government suggested MH370 ran out of fuel before plummeting — at as much as 25,000 feet a minute — into the water. Other investigators speculated that a person was at the controls until the very end, gliding the plane into the ocean beyond the furthest limit of any search area.
Monday’s report didn’t support either theory explicitly, but struggled to come up with a mechanical explanation for the aircraft’s deviations.
“The change in flight path is probably due to manual input,” he said. In a similar vein, it was stated that loss of communication before the plane leaves the raid is more likely due to systems that are “manually shut down or powered off”.
Several pieces of MH370 wreck washed in Africa, but no body was recovered. This year a new underwater survey by the US search firm Ocean Infinity ended without success.
Jet has produced a series of safety proposals to prevent the tragedy from disappearing.
New planes must be issued every minute immediately and from January 2021. In November, a gradual tightening process begins when airlines need to follow the aircraft every 15 minutes in accordance with regulations adopted by the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization. .
According to MH370’s burden, there were 221 kilograms (487 pounds) of lithium battery and 4.6 tons of fresh mangosteen fruit. After extensive testing, a smoke or fire broke out on Monday, causing the goods involved as a reason for tragedy in the hands of aircraft.
Raporda documented shortcomings among Kuala Lumpur air traffic controllers: There was no evidence to show that they were too slow to start emergency procedures and constantly monitor radar screens. The report offered better training to address emergencies.
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