Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have executed a perfect nose dive. A new theory suggests that the missing plane have may plunged directly into the ocean in a crash that will essentially prevent anyone from ever finding it.
The new theory comes from a team of mathematicians who studied different models of the plane's potential crash into the Indian Ocean. One theory suggests that the airplane hit the water at a 90-degree angle, keeping the plane largely intact as it plummeted to the ocean floor and not leaving behind any debris for search parties to find.
The research team used a supercomputer to analyze five different landing scenarios and concluded that it could not have been a gentle landing because "ditching a large airplane on the open Indian Ocean generally would involve waves of height several meters or more, easily causing breakup and the leak of debris."
The team of mathematicians stressed that it was only a working theory, but suggested that if MH370 did a perfect nose dive, it would explain why there has not been one bit of debris found.
"The true final moments of MH370 are likely to remain a mystery until someday when its black box is finally recovered and decoded," said Goong Chen, a mathematician leading the team. "But forensics strongly supports that MH370 plunged into the ocean in a nose dive."
The theory comes as the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is growing increasingly desperate. Search crews have covered tens of thousands of square miles and are still no closer to finding the plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board.
This week, Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airlines, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the hunt for MH370 has become futile. He predicted that the search would end sometime later this year once funding has run out.
"I think it is only a question of time before the search is abandoned," he said. "Do we have solutions? Do we have explanations? Cause? Reasons? No. It has sent us down a goose chase. It will be an Amelia Earhart repetition."
Search leaders have now said the hunt for MH370 will likely conclude after the current search zone has been completely covered, despite earlier insinuations that the search would continue.
While the theory that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 executed a perfect nose dive may provide some explanation, it will likely give no closure to families still searching for their loved ones. If the plane hit the water at a 90-degree angle and left no debris, the chances of it ever being found would be virtually zero.
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