“But forensics strongly supports that MH370 plunged into the ocean in a nosedive”.
If the plane entered the water at this angle, no large bending moment would take place, which is what occurs when external forces are applied to the plane and break up the fuselage.
The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, with 239 passengers and crew members on board, vanished in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
“Every single second of that flight needs to be examined up until it, theoretically, ended up in the Indian Ocean – from which they still haven’t found a trace, not even a seat cushion”, Clark said at the time.
Chen says that based upon a series of water entry scenarios, it’s most likely the plane entered the ocean at a vertical or steep angle – especially given the lack of any floating debris or oil spills near the presumed airline crash.
A vertical water-entry would be the smoothest entry and is characterized by small bending moments when compared with other angles of entry, so the airplane would be less likely to have broken up on entry near the surface of the ocean.
However, he said it will remain a theory until the black box was found.
Sir Tim, who has likened the effort to a “goose chase”, told Fairfax Media funding for the search would be exhausted later this year.
“I think it is only a question of time before the search is abandoned”, Clark said at the global Air Transport Association annual meeting Tuesday, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. “Do we have solutions?” “Everything was happening a tiny bit in slow motion…and that’s the reason why it’s important that we work on the morale”.
Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014. “It will be an Amelia Earhart repetition”.
In April this year, Malaysia, Australia and China announced that the search zone would double in size, boosting the area of the remote southern Indian Ocean being scoured by three specialist vessels to 120,000 square km.
A flat landing was ruled out as it would have caused the plane to bounce, breaking up the fuselage and creating a wide path of debris and oil that could have been easily identified by searchers.
No wreckage from the flight has ever been found in one of aviation’s greatest mysteries but countless theories have been suggested as to what happened to it, including terrorism, suicide by pilot and mechanical failure.