With authorities expanding the search for Flight 370 to the Indian Ocean on Mar. 13, Chinese researchers claim, tragically, that they have evidence that the aircraft carrying 239 people is now sitting at the bottom of the sea.
New theories are still being posited one full week after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on Mar. 8. Was it a hijacking? An act of terrorism? Or did the aircraft, which was carrying 239 passengers, just crash? On Mar. 14, new data was reported that seemed to confirm the last possibility, that Flight 370 plunged into the sea after making a wayward turn towards the Indian Ocean.
Malaysia Airlines: Is Flight 370 Located On The Ocean Seafloor?
The newly revealed claim that the Boeing 777 changed its course and began flying towards the Indian Ocean (after its transponders had been switched off) seems to support the theory that this is a case of hijacking, but Chinese researchers believe they have evidence of the plane’s crash.
The researchers say they recorded a “seafloor event” in waters between Malaysia and Vietnam about an hour and a half after the missing plane’s last contact, CNN reports. “Judging from the time and location of the two events, the seafloor event may have been caused by MH370 crashing into the sea,” said a statement posted on the University of Science and Technology of China’s website.
More new data supports the theory that the plane has tragically sunk to the seafloor, however it suggests a different location — the Indian Ocean. Analysts from U.S. Intelligence, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have tracked satellite data and pings in the Indian Ocean area that they attribute to Flight 370. And without any visual confirmation of the aircraft, there is only one grim conclusion to make: “There is probably a significant likelihood” that the aircraft is now at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, an official said, according to CNN.
These two leads could prove to be promising. At this point there cannot be a happy ending to the Flight 370 saga, but any answers are better than none.
— Andrew Gruttadaro