Newly discovered wrecks, believed to have been from Flight MH370, suggest that the passenger jet crashed into the sea during an uncontrolled high-speed dive, experts have claimed.
Part of a wing spoiler was found in Jeffreys Bay on the south coast of South Africa last August, sparking calls for a new search and new hopes that the mystery will be solved.
Independent experts analyzed the wreck and said the damage suggested it was demolished by the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 during an uncontrolled dive.
Monday marked the seventh anniversary of the disappearance of the plane that was turned over while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
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It is believed that the jet broke into pieces when it crashed into the southern Indian Ocean hours later, possibly after running out of fuel.
Experts suspect that more wrecks could be found at the bottom of the ocean, 1,200 miles off Australia.
Despite an official investigation by the Malaysian government, no official explanation has been given for the plane’s disappearance and it remains one of the world’s greatest mysteries in aviation.
One of the leading theories was the pilot’s mass murder-suicide.
Michael Exner, an expert who analyzed photos of the debris found in South Africa, told the destroyed families of the missing that the wing spoiler “almost certainly” came from MH370.
During a virtual reminder event on Sunday, he said the spoiler damage was in line with the “separation during descent”.
It appears to debunk an alternate theory of a ditch or water landing by a rogue pilot.
Grace Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy Nathan was on the plane, said families became aware of the new find last month.
The discovery has again prompted calls for a third search of the seabed after the previous two results failed to find anything.
Peter Foley, who led the Australian government’s search, said the times He agreed to new research suggesting the wreck is on the ocean floor 1,200 miles off Cape Leeuwin, Australia.
The remote area is known for deep gorges and underwater mountains.
The assumption that the plane could be there is based on ocean drift analysis and a new potential trajectory calculated last year.
Mr Foley said a new search should focus on the ocean floor 70 nautical miles either side of a potential crash site that has been identified.
He added, “Large areas (of the sea floor) have not been fully searched.”
American attorney Blaine Gibson, who has searched for debris and analyzed debris found on the shores of the Indian Ocean, has also assisted in a third search.
He said the new modeling by oceanographer Charitha Pattiaratchi of the University of Western Australia makes a strong case for a new search.
Professor Pattiaratchi’s previous modeling had predicted where debris would be a year before the first piece of debris was discovered.
In a video message to the families, Malaysia’s Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said the country was open to talks with China and Australia to continue the search.
He reiterated the government’s position that a new search will only be initiated if “there is credible evidence:”.
At least 33 debris found in Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa and Tanzania have been confirmed or believed to be from MH370.
One of the leading theories was that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah hijacked the plane and deliberately plunged it into the sea in a carefully planned mass murder-suicide plot.
The pilot, who had taken a similar route at home with his flight simulator, was suspected to be clinically depressed.
In July 2018, Malaysia’s 495-page official report said the Boeing 777 controls were likely deliberately tampered with to get off course, but investigators have been unable to determine who was responsible.
The report also highlighted errors made by the air traffic control centers in Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City and issued recommendations to avoid a recurrence.
Investigators made no inferences about what happened to MH370, saying it depended on finding the wreckage of the plane.