Thursday, November 01, 2018

MH370 latest: ‘Simply not possible!' Pilot casts doubt on Malaysia Airlines flightpath

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard on March 8, 2014, and had just left local airspace when it veered off course and flew for more than six hours with its satellite and navigation systems turned off before plunging - presumably - into the Indian Ocean.

An official safety report commissioned by the Malaysian government concluded the plane was manually turned around in mid-air rather than being under the control of autopilot when it vanished without trace.

But writing on an online forum for airmen, one experienced pilot suggested the official charts showing the ill-fated passenger jet’s final flightpath were wildly inaccurate.
He said: “As some here have reached conclusions based on aircraft track, it's worth examining the course depicted.

“It depicts ruler-straight lines with two turns through around 130 degrees at a point in space.

“It's simply not possible to turn an airliner that sharply.”

The long-awaited report, which was finally released last July, said “unlawful interference by a third party” could not be ruled out.

But it dismissed theories suggesting the pilot and first officer deliberately brought the plane down in a suicide mission and also ruled out mechanical failure as a cause.
31/10/18 Simon Osborne/Express

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