No one was controlling MH370 when it plunged into the ocean, a new report has suggested.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s latest examination of wing flap debris has concluded it was ‘most likely’ not in an extended position when the plane went down.
The fresh analysis gives weight to the theory no-one was at the helm of the aircraft and reduces the possibility pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah may have deliberately downed the plane.
The fresh analysis reduces the possibility pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah (pictured) may have deliberately downed the plane.
Search director Peter Foley told reporters on Wednesday the results of the analysis, released on Wednesday, suggests the plane went into an uncontrolled dive. Mr Foley told reporters in Canberra,
‘[It] means the aircraft wasn’t configured for a landing or a ditching – you can draw your own conclusions as to whether that means someone was in control.’
‘You can never be 100 per cent, we are very reluctant to express absolute certainty.’
The ATSB search update also covers analysis of satellite data, preliminary results from drift modelling and end-of-flight simulations.