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Crash Expert: MH370 Was Deliberately Flown Into the Sea

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | August 01, 2016

Crash Expert: MH370 Was Deliberately Flown Into the Sea

Photo courtesy of Malaysia Airlines.

A renowned air crash expert believes that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was deliberately flown into the ocean by a rogue pilot.

Speaking to 60 Minutes Australia, Larry Vance said that erosion discovered on the edges of recovered wing parts indicate the plane was intentionally lowered before crashing into the ocean.

Vance noted that a part known as a flaperon was exposed and that it can only be extended by a pilot in total control of the aircraft. "Somebody was flying the airplane at the end of its flight," said Vance via the Telegraph. "There is no other theory that fits."

Vance's theory is supported by evidence recently revealed by Australian transport safety bureau crash investigator Peter Foley. According to the Telegraph, Foley said French authorities' analysis of the recovered wing piece showed it was possible the plane was in a "deployed state."

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"I think the fuselage is intact for the most part, and is on the bottom of the Indian Ocean," added Vance.

If the plane was piloted into the ocean, Foley noted, it's possible the plane crashed outside of the search area.

Flight MH370 was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared from radar on March 8, 2014. While several pieces of debris have been discovered in the past year or so, there's so far been no trace of the plane or the 239 passengers and crew it was carrying.

Last month, Australia, China and Malaysia announced that the more than two-year-long and $135 million recovery effort would be suspended if officials were unsuccessful in searching the final 3,860 square miles of the overall 46,332-square-mile search.

"Should credible new information emerge which can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given in determining next steps," said the aforementioned nations' transport ministers in a joint statement.


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