It is unlikely the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was in a controlled decent when it crashed into the Indian Ocean, according to a new report by Australian investigators.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report released today, stated the debris found was “consistent with the aircraft being in a high and increasing rate of descent”.
In particular investigators found the outboard flap from the right wing of the plane, which washed up near Tanzania, was likely “in the retracted position”.
Greg Hood from the ATSB said that indicated the passenger plane “wasn’t configured for landing or ditching”.
“You can never be 100 per cent [sure] and we are very reluctant to express absolute certainty, but that’s the most likely scenario,” he said.
“You can draw you own conclusions as to whether they means someone was in control or not.”
The findings provide the clearest picture of the missing plane’s last moments to date.
They are being examined by experts from Malaysia, China, the US and UK who are meeting in Canberra over the next three days to review all of the evidence gathered during the ATSB investigation.
— Jesse Dorsett (@jessedorsett) November 1, 2016