A full seven minutes of audio from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cockpit is now available for listening by the public, and while the audio may not reveal new clues, it provides a chilling look inside the doomed flight in the moments leading up to the otherwise routine flight's bizarre and baffling disappearance.
The full tape can be heard below, via NBC News.
For amateur sleuths looking for some new insight into what might have caused the Malaysia Airlines flight — that was supposed to make a routine hop from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — to suddenly turn sharply west and fly out over the Indian Ocean until meeting its final resting place there, as investigators now believe — there may still be something in the tape that no one has noticed before.
The pilots had taken the plane to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet — referred to in the communications as "level three five zero" — shortly before a voice later identified as the pilot speaks the final recorded words, "Good Night, Malaysian Three Seven Zero."
The calm, unremarkable tone of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah seems particularly eerie, in light of the suspicions that have swirled around Shah for months. It was earlier reported that investigators considered Shah the chief suspect in the plane's disappearance and presumed downing.
Authorities in Malaysia quickly denied that report. But as The Inquisitr reported in August, a new book by an independent New Zealand aviation expert claims that all evidence in the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 points to a murder-suicide plot by Shah, who the book's authors describe as mentally ill.
The whole time Shah was conveying routine, mostly uninteresting information to ground control, he was allegedly waiting for the right moment to murder all 238 other passengers and crew by shutting off the plane's cabin pressure and sinking the plane into the Indian Ocean, according to the book. However, he betrays no signs of his alleged crazed intentions in this audio recording.
Investigators made a transcript of the recording available to the public in May, and have played the audio for some families of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 passengers, only pieces of the actual audio have sporadically found their way into the public domain.
So far, the newly resumed search for the presumed wreckage of Flight 370 has turned up no evidence of the missing plane. But the sophisticated deep-sea sonar scanning has resulted in several stunning geological finds in a remote region of the Indian Ocean that is said to be, until now, less explored by human technology than the surface of Mars.
While there has been so sign yet of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, searchers have found previously undiscovered volcanoes, and a deep, undersea mountain range that "makes the European Alps look like foothills," according to one oceanographer.