Flight MH370 fell very fast out of sky after engine failure, says news analysis
Australian defence scientists who analysed automated signals from missing flight MH370 have revealed that the Malaysia Airlines jet fell very fast — up to 20,000 feet a minute — as it crashed into the Indian Ocean off Western Australia.
As per media reports, the data analysis and manufacturer simulations showed it was likely that the aircraft lost engine power before falling out of the sky at a rate of up to 20,000 feet per minute on March 8, 2014, Xinhua news agency reported.
An aircraft attempting a regular landing--or a crash-landing in water--would descend at a rate of around 20,000 feet per minute, raising doubts over previous predictions that the plane “landed” intact in the water before breaking up, the analysts said.
Australian scientists believed that prior to its final moments, the jet made a number of automated “handshake” signals with satellites on the ground near Perth in Western Australia.
After six of those handshakes, a seventh, out-of-sequence signal came from the jet, indicating engine failure likely from lack of fuel.
The data gives life to the theory that the MH370 fell out of the sky, and did not glide to a final crash-landing spot in the Indian Ocean.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) chief commissioner Greg Hood said the scientists’ analysis of the signals closely matched a flight scenario in which there was no pilot at the controls at the point of impact--in contrast to previous theories about how MH370 went down.
Hood said the signal data meant MH370 likely crashed in the 120,000-square-km search area now being combed by Australian authorities.
If the aircraft had glided to a final resting place--as previous theories had hinted--the plane may have gone down outside of the current search area.
MH370 was a scheduled passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. It had 239 passengers and crew on board when it disappeared on March 8, 2014.
(With agency input)