Missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 could be found 'in days' amid calls for fresh search

Missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 could be found 'in days' amid calls for fresh search

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 discovery made by fisherman

Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 25/12/2023

- 18:20

Experts believe the plane was likely hijaked

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing for almost a decade, could be discovered in “days” amid calls for a new search.

Experts have called on both Australian and Malaysian authorities, as well as exploration firm Ocean Infinity, to begin a fresh search.

Aerospace expert Jean-Luc Marchand and pilot Patrick Blelly have claimed that the mystery of the doomed flight’s whereabouts could be solved in 10 days, if a new search was launched.

Speaking at a lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, the duo stated that they believed that the plane went down due to a purposeful hijacking.

A family member writes on a message board for passengers, onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

The plane has been missing for almost a decade


The pair have pinpointed an area they suspect the wreckage of the plane to be, which aligns with their theory that the plane’s transponder was deliberately turned off.

“It could be a quick thing. Until the wreckage of MH370 is found, nobody knows [what happened]. But, this is a plausible trajectory,” Marchand said, according to Australian news site news.com.au.

Marchand said the “swift” search could be beneficial to Ocean Infinity, which has recently developed an unmanned sub-nautical search technology.

The pair believe that the supposed hijacking was carried out by an experienced pilot.


Relatives of passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hold a sign

The MH370 flight crashed in March 2014


They also have theorised that the plane was taken down in a remote location to minimise visibility and debris.

They said: “The cabin was depressurised … and it was a soft control ditching to produce minimal debris. It was performed so as to not be trapped or found.

“Certainly, the aircraft was not visible except for the military. The guy knew that if search and rescue would be triggered, it would be on the flight path.”

The MH370 flight crashed in 2014. The ill-fated plane carried 227 and 12 crew on board when it disappeared from the skies almost a decade ago.

MH370 Search MapThe new data collected by Godfrey and his team, has identified its whereabouts in a smaller areaRichard Godfrey, Hannes Coetzee, and Simon Maskell

It comes as a new map was produced by researchers who have pinpointed a location they determine to be the site of the doomed aircraft.

Richard Godfrey, a key figure in the development of breakthrough tracking technology, has given the coordinates of the likely location of the doomed aircraft.

Prior research conducted by the University of Western Australia and Ocean Infinity, respectively, had placed the vessel in the same broad location.

Now, the new data collected by Godfrey and his team has narrowed down a probable location to be in a smaller area, located in between the two regions previously identified by University of Western Australia and Ocean Infinity.

He believes the position of the plane to be to be 1,560km west of Perth, as laid out in a 232-page report published by Godfrey, alongside Dr Hannes Coetzee and Professor Simon Maskell.

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