Missing Flight MH370 Close to Being Found?
A group of Australian university researchers believes that they may have found the crash site of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared flying between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing in 2014.
Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi of the University of Western Australia (UWA) believes he and his colleagues have pinpointed where the crash site could be using a technique called reverse drift modeling. Using the method they have calculated the likely crash site to be within a 25 square mile radius of longitude 96.5 E latitude 32.5 S.
The coordinates place the wreckage in the Southern Indian Ocean, in the northern part of the previous 46,000 square mile search area. There are various theories as to why the plane went down, one of the more prominent the world media focused on for some time was the idea that the pilot may have somehow gone missing during the flight, leaving the co-pilot in sole command when the plane went down.
Several media outlets reported years later that the original pilot had been sighted alive and well in Taiwan. Another more recent theory claims that there was an extra unaccounted-for passenger on board the flight that may have been a hijacker, somehow gaining control of the plane before intentionally crashing it. To date, however, no terrorist organization has claimed any responsibility for the crash, suggesting that there may be another explanation.
Other theories include the plane running out of fuel somehow and that a pilot's toilet break may have caused the crash. Given that the crash site has yet to be discovered, however, there is no way of knowing for certain which if any of the theories surrounding the disappearance are correct. If the Australian researchers are correct in their calculations however then the remains of the fallen plane might soon be recovered, meaning answers for the public and the families of the passengers.
There are also numerous lawsuits in various stages of progress against Malaysian Airline System BHD (MAS), the parent company of Malaysian Airlines, and Boeing, the manufacturers of the aircraft. If the crash site is found soon and the mystery of the crash revealed, this would certainly impact those lawsuits dependent on why the plane was lost.