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MH370 SHOCK: Missing Malaysia Airlines plane went into a ‘SPIRAL DIVE’ over Indian Ocean

MH370 SHOCK: Missing Malaysia Airlines plane went into a ‘SPIRAL DIVE’ over Indian Ocean

MH370 went missing on March 8 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board and was never seen again. The presumed location of the wreckage, according to the official investigation, is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, but little was known about its last moments until now. Jeff Wise, author of The Plane That Wasn’t There, explained that data from a satellite – the Burst Timing Offset (BTO) – indicated that the plane had been travelling in a straight line.

He said this likely means the plane had been set to autopilot and flew until it simply ran out of fuel.

Then, the plane would have entered a spiral dive and hit the sea’s surface “within minutes”.

Mr Wise said: “The BTO data matched well with a straight line flight, meaning that in all likelihood the plane had been flying on autopilot towards a pre-programmed waypoint until it ran out of fuel a few minutes after 0.11 UTC.

“With the engines no longer running, the plane’s electrical systems would have failed until a back-up generator could kick in.

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“When this happened, the sat-com system would have come back online and initiated the final ‘handshake’ at 0.19 UTC.

“By then, the plane was either in a steep spiral dive or about to enter one and impacted the sea within minutes.”

He added that in this scenario, there needn’t have been anyone controlling the plane at all.

He suggested that the pilots may have “fallen victim to some kind of accident” or even killed themselves.

The investigation into MH370’s disappearance used data from a satellite owned by British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat.

The satellite, called 3F1, recorded communications with the plane called ‘handshakes’.

These recorded Burst Frequency Offset and Burst Timing Offset values, which gave an indication as to how far the plane was from the satellite and their relative motion respectively.

Combining these values led investigators to believe the plane flew south across the Indian Ocean, before entering the sea there.

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