KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have been flown deliberately off-course towards the Antarctica, aviation disaster experts are claiming in a National Geographic documentary that will be out next month.
UK paper Daily Mail reported yesterday that from satellite data, experts believe the missing jetliner had flown on for hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers, and that after its last radio call, the aircraft first made a turn to the left followed by two more turns that took it westwards before it headed south towards the Antarctica.
Aviation disaster expert Malcolm Brenner reportedly said the turns “strongly suggest” that someone in the cockpit had deliberately flown the plane carrying 239 people off course before it seemingly vanished without a trace almost a year ago on March 8 enroute to Beijing, China from Kuala Lumpur.
“This accident has caught the attention of the world in a way I have not seen in a forty-year career in aviation,” Brenner was quoted saying.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau Commissioner Martin Dolan reportedly expressed confidence that his team will discover the wreckage by the time the current search in the southern Indian Ocean for Flight MH370 is scheduled to finish by the end of May.
“I don’t wake up every day thinking ‘This will be the day’ but I do wake up every day hoping this will be it, and expecting that sometime between now and May that will be the day,” Dolan was quoted telling Australia’s News Corp.
Search authority Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre headed by Australia was reported by Daily Mail as saying that 22,000 square kilometres of the ocean bed have been scoured so far in underwater operations, equivalent to about 36 per cent of the priority search area.
The National Geographic documentary titled “Malaysian 370: What Happened?” will premiere next Sunday on March 8 to mark the one year anniversary of the plane’s disappearance.