Aviation experts have claimed they have finally located the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers on board.
Despite a four-year $ 200 million international search covering more than 120,000 m2, the plane’s wreckage was never found, sparking the world’s largest aviation mystery.
The experts believe that MH370 submerged in the South Indian Ocean, near the coordinates of S34.2342 and E93.7875, which is about 1,285 miles (2,070 km) off the coast of Perth in Western Australia.
A Boeing 777 flaperon cut to match that of flight MH370 found in 2015 in Reunion Island off the coast of Africa is lowered into the water to discover its drift features
Catherine Gang, whose husband Li Zhi was on board Malaysia Airlines’ missing flight MH370, holds a banner as she walks outside Yonghegong Lama Temple after a meeting of relatives of the missing passengers in Beijing on March 8, 2015
Engineer Victor Ianello and his team, based in the United States, said this week “ there are even better odds ” that the Boeing 777 is within 100 nautical miles of those coordinates, according to AirLive.
Mr Ianello, who assisted Australian officials in the search, believes the plane flew 4,340 km past Indonesia before it crashed.
Another aviation expert Byron Bailey, a former pilot, also says investigators searched in the wrong place and should have searched south of the search site.
“I’m sure the captain tried to dump the plane as far south as possible, in a remote location, and leave as few wreckage as possible that would sink.” Mr. Bailey said.
He claims the search was within 30 km of where he estimates the plane wreckage to be located.
‘If I’m wrong, it probably means that the plane was taken by aliens or in a hangar somewhere in Kazakhstan. I’d bet my house on it. As far as I’m concerned, we know where it is, we’ve always known where it is, ”he said.
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah (pictured) was the captain when the plane with 239 other passengers and crew disappeared in March 2014
An image showing the plane’s flight path and where it presumably disappeared
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott claimed in February that Malaysia secretly concluded that the pilot at the helm of doomed flight MH370 had committed mass-suicide.
Mr Abbott sensationally revealed that just days after the tragedy, he was told by those at the ‘very highest levels’ of the Malaysian government that Captain Zaharie Shah was a suicidal murderer, rather than that they were a mistake on the plane.
Publicly, the Malaysian government’s investigation remained unclear, but privately, Mr Abbott claimed that those at the top knew the true statement within a week of the disappearance, but the search teams had never been notified.
“I have understood very clearly, from the very highest levels of the Malaysian government, that from very, very early on they thought it was murder-suicide by the pilot,” Mr Abbott told a Sky News documentary.
Malaysian investigators publicly cleared Captain Shah and searched areas they thought a “ ghost plane ” – which continues to fly without anyone being able to control it – could have reached before it ran out of fuel and fell back to Earth.
The search for the plane’s possible trajectory based on the understanding that the pilots were dead – or somehow incapacitated – before the plane crashed.
In that scenario, the plane would have continued on its set path, but deliberate action by a pilot to crash the plane meant it could have come down well beyond the areas searched so far.
Mr Abbott called for a new search for the plane, saying if there were areas that had not been previously searched because teams were at work under the assumption that the pilot had not intentionally brought down the plane.
“If there’s any part of that ocean that could be reached on that base that hasn’t been explored yet, let’s explore it,” he said.
Other ideas that emerged at the time included an attempted hijacking, an onboard fire, or a catastrophic engine failure, but those theories have raised questions as to why a distress signal was never sent.
The prevailing theory is that the plane crash borrowed in the South Indian Ocean six hours after takeoff