A new lead in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mystery suggests that an on-board emergency may have knocked out the plane’s crew and passengers, leaving it to fly on auto pilot until it ran out of fuel approximately 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.
Aviation experts are still trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after two objects believed to be the remains of the missing plane were discovered off the coast of Perth, Australia on March 19. The airliners’s direct line from its last known location to the remote new search area suggests that the plane was not hijacked after all, and may have fallen victim to a mechanical fault or emergency.
Malaysia Airlines Flight Crew Knocked Out? — On-Board Emergency May Be To Blame
More than 10 days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, two unrecognizable objects believed to be the remains of the plane were spotted by satellite in the Indian Ocean on March 19. Air search teams were sent in to locate the objects, but they had to call off the unsuccessful hunt after a ten-hour search in treacherous weather.
The new discovery in this remote location supports the theory that an on-board emergency may have knocked out the crew and caused the plane to fly on auto pilot for five to seven hours from its last-known location off the west coast of Malaysia, commercial pilot Robert Mark says.
“What I think is interesting is that if you look at where the plane was last seen on radar and where the debris has been found, it is almost a straight line,” Robert, who is the editor of Aviation International News Safety magazine, tells the UK’s MailOnline. “I would say it means that once the aircraft turned, it didn’t change course. A mechanical fault or emergency seems more plausible to me.”
Mark’s theory is further supported by the fact that the new possible crash site is in an area so remote that it’s extremely unlikely that it would have been targeted by terrorists.
Objects Found In Indian Ocean Could Be From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
The two possible plane objects appeared to be “awash with water and bobbing up and down” in an area 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles) southwest of Australia’s west coast, said John Young, general manager of emergency response for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The largest of the objects is about 24 meters (79 feet) across.
A Royal Australian Air Force tweeted on March 20 that a surveillance plane was sent to the site but was unable to locate the objects, reports CNN. Clouds, rain and limited visibility impeded the search, the agency said.
An Australian naval ship was then dispatched to the wreckage site, however it is still “some days away,” Malaysia’s interim Transportation Secretary Hishammuddin Hussein said.
“At least there is a credible lead,” said Hishammuddin. “That gives us hope. As long as there’s hope, we will continue.”
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