APRIL 9, 2019
Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have landed before taking off a short time after it mysteriously vanished, an ‘expert’ claims.
Author Jeff Wise believes that a gap of one hour and 13 minutes in the doomed flight’s record touch have seen the plane touch down.
Mr Wise, author of The Plane That Wasn’t There, believes the plane either landed, made a single turn or went around in circles, The Express reports.
Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, and no one has provided a definitive explanation about what happened to it.
There were 239 people on board the plane, which was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Mr Wise said: “The big unknown was what happened between 6.28pm when the satcom was turned on and 7.41pm.
“Had the plane made a single turn or flown around in circles, or perhaps even landed somewhere and then taken off again?”
Mr Wise previously said: “Looking at the fine print of the Inmarsat data log, we saw that in fact the system had been turned off and then back on again.
“At 18:03, 42 minutes after the plane disappeared from air traffic control, radar the satellite tried to put through a text message. MH370’s satcom hadn’t responded.
“Then 22 minutes later at 18:25 MH370 initiated a log-on with Inmarsat. It was coming back online.”
The researcher, of New York City, said this suggested the plane had not gone dark because of an electrical disaster.
Mr Wise, who wrote the book The Plane That Wasn’t There, told Daily Express: “Another detail of the Inmarsat data seemed a curiosity at first but in time would be recognised as having great significance.
“We had always assumed that while the transponder and radios had gone dark shortly after ‘Goodnight Malaysia Airlines 370’ the satcom system had remained active.
If it landed, it could have crashed in Malaysia or nearby in Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia or Vietnam.
And the landing site could hold vital clues about the plane’s fate.