MH370 likely to have nose-dived into ocean, experts
Mathematicians believe that they have discovered why Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished without a trace on March 8, 2014.
The ill-fated flight was en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and had 239 passengers and crew aboard the plane when it disappeared.
The mathematicians at Texas A&M University in Qatar, led by Dr Goong Chen, have put forward a theory to explain why the aircraft disappeared without leaving any debris or an oil slick as is the usual case with plane crashes.
This angle would mean the fuselage would have least resistance in the water.
Dr Chen said : "The true final moments of MH370 are likely to remain a mystery until someday when its black box is finally recovered and decoded.
"But forensics strongly support that MH370 plunged into the ocean in a nosedive."
This shows a computer-generated image of the suspected MH370 nosedive.PHOTO: TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AT QATAR
The research suggests that the plane's wings broke off when it hit the water, sinking along with the fuselage and other heavy debris to the bottom.
The vertical water entry will have meant that the plane entered the water cleanly, keeping the fuselage mostly intact and producing very little debris.
The fuselage may well be on the ocean floor belly up.
Led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the search area in the southern Indian Ocean was expanded to 120,000 square km in April.
A joint investigation by Australia and Malaysia, helped by other international experts, has discovered little.
According to Emirates president Tim Clark, the Australian government is allegedly preparing to call off the search as funding for the mission becomes depleted.
He said: "I think it is only a question of time before the search is abandoned.
"Do we have solutions? Do we have explanations? Cause? Reasons? No. It has sent us down a goose chase..."
For now, three specialist vessels are combing the search site for signs of the crash.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, NBC News and Economic Times