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MH370 mystery: New claim could unlock decade-long search for missing plane

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Former naval officer’s revelation challenges previous assumptions in the hunt for MH370

A recent claim from a member of the MH370 search team has ignited fresh hope in the decade-long search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. Peter Waring, a former naval officer who joined the search six months after the plane’s disappearance in 2014, has raised the possibility that investigators may have been looking in the wrong place all along.

MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014, during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board. The extensive search effort covered a vast area, from the Indian Ocean west of Australia to Central Asia, with the assumption that the plane had plummeted into the ocean after executing a dramatic U-turn.

Waring, an expert in surveying and mapping sea floors, was part of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, a collaboration between Australian, Chinese, and Malaysian authorities. He was tasked with overseeing the scanning of a search area 57 miles wide and 400 miles long, identified through satellite data and flight simulations.

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 Waring challenged the assumption that the aircraft was out of control, proposing that the search may have gone awry due to this misconception. He expressed confidence in the technology used during the search and questioned the precision of the scanning, suggesting that the plane may have been overlooked.

Waring’s theory posits that if the aircraft was still under control as it crossed the 7th arc in the Indian Ocean, the potential search area becomes so vast that a comprehensive exploration would have been impractical. He believes the plane may have continued undetected before crashing further south, specifically in the Geelvinck Fracture Zone.

This notion aligns with a theory put forth by Boeing 777 pilot Simon Hardy, who suggested that the plane could have ended up in the Geelvinck Fracture Zone, a trench approximately half a mile deep and seven miles wide, making it a challenging location to discover.

As Waring’s claim introduces a new perspective, it remains to be seen whether this revelation could lead to a breakthrough in the ongoing efforts to find the elusive MH370.

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