Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Update: Boeing 777 Took 'Intentional' Sharp Turn, Dipped to 12000ft After Potential Cockpit Crisis Before Crashing in Southern Indian Ocean
By jaskiran kaur | March 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST
In a press conference on March 24, Malaysian PM Najib Razak confirmed that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 "ended in the Southern Indian Ocean" west of Perth, Australia. The tragic incident took away the lives of all 239 people on board. The conclusive statement has raised questions on the altered flight path taken by Boeing 777 after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8, 2014. According to the Daily Mail report, the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 dipped to 12,000 ft due to possible cockpit emergency before it went off radar detection.
Furthermore, the Daily Mail reported that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane's "last confirmed position" as recorded by Malaysian military radar was at 2.15 am (Malaysia Time). The plane was "about 200 nautical miles north-west of Malaysia's Penang Island." This was approximately "an hour after" the plane deviated from its scheduled flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The plane reportedly took a "sharp left turn" and flew towards the Strait of Malacca, a source close to the investigation of Malaysian plane MH370 disclosed to CNN.
Furthermore, an unnamed official (who is not authorized to speak to the media) revealed that the plane dipped from 35,000 to 12,000 ft when it took the flight course which is a "heavily trafficked air corridor." The low-flying jet disappeared from radar detection as well as away from the view of other aircrafts flying in the same air corridor.
According to Mary Schiavo, CNN aviation analyst and former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation said these latest details are "highly significant" for the investigation which has entered day 18.
"Now, if we have a scenario where something happened, the plane made a dramatic turn and dropped from 35,000 feet to 12,000 feet, this scenario would fit what a pilot would do in the event of a catastrophic onboard event, such as a rapid decompression, a fire, an explosion. That's what you would have to do, descend, get down and turn around and try to get back to an airport that could accommodate an ailing plane," explained Mary Schiavo.
The new details now raise questions about what might have happened in the cockpit that led pilots to change the flight path of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. However, Mark Weiss a former American Airlines pilot and CNN aviation analyst speculates if these new details are correct, then it could be the case of "pilots trying to save the plane." Keeping in mind the abundant information acquired over 17 days of investigation, Mark Weiss refrains from giving out any conclusions yet.
In the press conference that brought forth the much awaited yet tragic information, Malaysian PM Najib Razak revealed that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 "ended" in the southern corridor of the Indian Ocean. Boeing 777 reportedly plunged into a "remote" area that is "far from any possible landing sites," stated Najib Razak, as quoted by The Australian. Of the 239 people on board, the Malaysian Airlines plane was carrying more than 150 Chinese, six Australians and two New Zealanders. The fate of missing the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was revealed after 17 days of investigations and information acquired by British satellites.
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