Danish engineer claims missing MH370 flew and crashed in different direction
Prof Martin Kristensen, an engineer at Aarhaus University in Denmark, claims that the course of MH370 shows a deliberate plan to conceal the aircraft's path and that whoever did it was planning to vacate the plane using a parachute.
MYSTERDAY | The mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could be settled after more than four years, if a Danish Mathematician’s theory holds.
Prof Martin Kristensen, an engineer at Aarhaus University in Denmark, has published a mathematical analysis of the radar and satellite data from the flight showing that the plane that disappeared without a trace on earth on March 8, 2014 flew in the wrong direction and that flight engineers deliberately concealed the flight path.
Investigators have said the plane almost certainly ran out of fuel after flying in the wrong direction over the Indian Ocean for six hours before it crached.
All 249 people on board are missing and presumed dead after the flight disappeared.
Kristensen said investigators’ calculated flight path for the plane was incorrect, and its probable crash site was actually off an Australian island.
He said the flight most likely came down near Christmas Island, south of Jakarta, Indonesia.
MH370 passed out of range as it travelled towards India and above the Andaman Sea. ‘Handshake’ calls to an Inmarsat satellite above the Indian Ocean reveal the Boeing aircraft was still in the air.
The time difference between when the ‘handshake’ calls were sent from the plane and when they were received show how far the aircraft was from the satellite at that time.
Each of the hourly ‘handshakes’ allowed the plotting of a circle with the satellite in the middle. The plane was somewhere on those circles each time it sent out a call.
Mapping flight path
Using these circles and eliminating areas where it was impossible for the aircraft to be, the flight’s probable flight path could be roughly mapped.
The ‘handshake’ calls also offered one further clue due to ‘doppler shift’ – the ‘stretching’ of a signal as the sender moves in relation to the receiver.
Doppler shift shows the relative speed of MH370 and the satellite at the time the ‘handshake’ calls were made.
The range of relative speeds produced by the aircraft provide another set of boundaries which MH370 must have followed, further narrowing the potential flight path.
Kristensen has developed a mathematical model which takes into account all of the limits, and he argues the plane could only have gone down where the limits of speed, fuel, ‘handshake’ signals and doppler shift all fit in the same place.
His model found four solutions — two of which could be dismissed straight away as they are over land, in India and China, which would have taken the plane through radar and mobile phone networks.
A third location has already been searched, but the fourth location — off Christmas Island — has never been combed for wreckage.
Kristensen said the probability of finding debris from the plane there is “above 90%,” adding that there is an eyewitness account of a fishing boat which fits with the theory.
Kristensen also claimed that the course of MH370 shows a deliberate plan to conceal the aircraft’s path and that whoever did it was planning to vacate the plane using a parachute.
“The only plausible explanations are that they wanted to land in Banda Aceh or abort the flight by parachute,” Kristensen wrote.
“Since the aeroplane did not land, the only option is parachuting. In order to do this they had to fly low and slow, to open a hatch and get out. They programmed a return to normal flying-height into the autopilot before jumping.”
“Therefore the plane returned to 11km height after Bandar Aceh without a pressurized cabin (due to the leak through the open hatch) causing death for everybody on board who might still have been alive.”