A Malaysian satellite communications expert has laid out a brand new conspiracy theory regarding flight MH370, insisting that he believes the plan landed on the water intact before then sinking.
Zaaim Redha Abdul Rahman, who previously worked as part of the team that tried to locate the stricken plane in the days after it disappeared, created this theory after gathering information using the satellite data from Inmarsat.
Rahman explained, via the Express, “I believe that when the aircraft went out of fuel, it glided downwards and landed on the water with a soft impact… that’s why I believe the plane is still largely intact.”
MH370 was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. In the days, weeks, month, and now year after it went missing, experts have been striving for information regarding the missing plane. However, very little has been discovered about the location of the plane and where the 227 passengers and 12 crew members are.
This changed earlier this month when debris from the plane washed up on shore in Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean that is east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius.
This debris has now been revealed to be a two-metre long flaperon, and Rahman insisted that this discovery backs up his theory.
“[The flaperon] was only slightly damaged and was just encrusted with barnacles,” Rahman explained. “Its appearance indicates that it was not violently torn off from the aircraft’s main body… it does seem that it got detached pretty nicely at its edges.”
Rahman then noted that if the plane “had crashed with a really hard impact,” then immediately after this collision, dozens upon dozens of small pieces of debris would have emerged and then been floating on top of the sea.
“Furthermore, the flaperon that was recovered wouldn’t have been in one piece,” he continued, “we would have only seen bits and pieces of it.”
Speaking about why the flaperon has only just been discovered, Rahman suggested that it might just have only broken free and detached from the plane after MH370 had been “deep inside the ocean for quite some time.”
Rahman added, via the Daily Mail, “Similarly, other parts would also become detached and float with the help of the strong water current, before being washed up on the shores of islands like Reunion.”
Australian Transport Safety Bureau officials are still undergoing an intense search for Malaysia Airlines MH370.
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