The mystery surrounding Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 could be solved in “days”, a group of experts claims.
Flight MH370 disappeared approximately 38 minutes after leaving Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia en route to Beijing, China on March 8, 2014.
But despite a frantic search by governments and private companies, the plane has never been found and the fate of its 239 passengers remains unknown.
Aerospace specialist Jean-Luc Marchand and pilot Patrick Blelly are now calling for a new search based on new leads they’ve discovered about the fateful flight.
During a lecture before the Royal Aeronautical Society in September, the pair said they were confident the entire proposed search area could be covered in 10 days.
“We have done our homework. We have a proposal … the area is small and considering new capabilities it will take 10 days,” Marchand said.
“It could be a quick thing. Until the wreckage of MH370 is found, nobody knows [what happened]. But, this is a plausible trajectory,” Marchand added, reports news.com.au.
The experts have called on the Australian Transport Safety Authority, Malaysian government, and exploration company Ocean Infinity to begin a new search for missing flight MH370.
Marchand described it as an “atrocious one-way journey”, which he believes was likely carried out by an experienced pilot.
“We think, and the study that we’ve done has shown us, that the hijacking was probably performed by an experienced pilot,” Marchand said.
“The cabin was depressurized … and it was a soft control ditching to produce minimal debris. It was performed as to not be trapped or found.
“Certainly, the aircraft was not visible except for military. The guy knew that if search and rescue would be triggered it would be on the flight path.”
The pair strongly believe the plane’s transponder was turned off and that the “U-turn” it did away from the flight path couldn’t have been autopilot.
Critically, they said the sudden change in direction occurred when MH370 was in “no man’s land” between Thai, Indonesian, Indian, and Malay airspace.
“What would have been the intention of the hijackers? This is a very sensitive area. You have Thai, south Indian radar coverage, but they don’t care,” Marchand said.
“You have reached the war range, but also the radar, so this zone here is in no man’s land. No control, and no visibility for Kuala Lumpur. So, the guy can do whatever he wants.”