A French aviation expert believes he may have found the wreckage of MH370 – the Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared off the coast of Malaysia in March 2014.
Xavier Tytelman, a former military pilot who now specialises in aviation security, was contacted on Wednesday morning by a man living on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. The man sent Mr Tytelman a series of photos showing wreckage of a plane, which the Frenchman said could possibly be the missing jet.
"I've been studying hundreds of photos and speaking to colleagues," Mr Tytelman told The Telegraph. "And we all think it is likely that the wing is that of a Boeing 777 – the same plane as MH370.
"Police in Reunion examining the wreckage say that it looks like it's been in the water for around a year, which again would fit with MH370. We can't say for certainty, but we do think there is a chance that this is it."
The plane vanished with 239 people on board in circumstances which have baffled investigators, and left distraught families searching for answers.
Wild theories emerged about the plane: that it had landed in Diego Garcia, or flown on to North Korea.
But Mr Tytelman believes that the Indian Ocean location makes sense for wreckage of the plane to have washed up.
"The French police are now looking at it, and the Australians – who are in charge of the search – are interested too," he said. "We don't know how long it will take to get confirmation or a definite denial. But it's an intriguing development."
Writing on his blog, Mr Tytelman said that the photos of the wreckage had aroused significant interest on the AvGeek website – a closed forum for pilots.
He said that there was much discussion over a code part of the wreckage: BB670.
"The code is not that of a plane number plate, nor that or a serial number on machinery," he wrote.
"But if the flaperon does indeed belong to MH370, it's clear that the reference will be swiftly identified. In a few days we will have a definitive answer."
Thursday, 16 July 2015
When the world’s biggest football club travels, it makes sense it would do so in the biggest passenger aircraft ever built.
Real Madrid touched down in Melbourne on Monday ahead of matches against AS Roma and Manchester City as part of the International Champions Cup on board a chartered Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Airbus A380.
The A380 that took the squad, support crew and officials from Madrid to Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur, 9M-MNB, landed at Tullamarine just after 1900 local time on Monday.
It was on the ground for about three hours before it departed Melbourne bound for the Malaysian capital.
The travelling party of about 80 people certainly would have had room to spread out, given MAS has 494 seats on board its A380 with eight in first, 66 in business and 420 in economy.
MAS is looking to offload at least two of its six-strong A380 fleet as part of a massive restructure. The airline currently uses the A380 to London and Paris. However, the airline plans to serve Paris with the smaller Boeing 777-200ER from August, leaving the UK capital as its only A380 route.
A Forbes survey in May ranked Real Madrid as the richest football club in the world with a value of $3.26 billion.
Put another way, the squad is equivalent to roughly seven and a half A380s at a list price of US$428 million.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
THE mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has sparked numerous conspiracy theories.
Now a team of mathematicians claims the Boeing 777 vanished without a trace because it plunged into the Indian Ocean at a 90-degree angle.
The perfect nosedive kept the aircraft intact and explains why no debris or oil has been found since the plane disappeared in March last year with 239 people on board, the researchers say.
The study comes as Emirates airline president Tim Clark said it’s likely the Australian government will call off its search, which he likened to a “goose chase”.
“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. It will be an Amelia Earhart repetition.”
Earhart vanished in 1937 while attempting a solo round-the-world flight. Her aircraft has never been found.
According to researchers’ fluid dynamics simulations, a vertical water entry would have caused the least resistance.
Chen said the wings would have snapped off instantly on impact but the rest of MH370 would have remained intact. All the heavy debris would have then sunk to the bottom of the ocean.
Chen, who has worked in Texas A&M University’s maths department since 1987, led the team of researchers from Texas A&M, Penn State, Virginia Tech, MIT and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute.
The research was published in the April 2015 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.
The search for the ill-fated aircraft has covered more than 48,000 square kilometres of the sea floor, Subsea World News reported.
At the request of the Malaysian Government, Australia has accepted responsibility for the search, with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau leading the underwater mission.