Recently, the Seabed Constructors moved its last eight sea drones and set route to Dampier, Australia. The drones have been scanning the remote parts of Indian Ocean in an area of about 85,000 square miles, an area larger than Great Britain. With the return of the ship came an end to the search of the lost flight MH-370. The search cost a total of a quarter-billion Dollars. This expensive and extensive search turned out to find not even a single trace of the plane. How could this happen? There are many theories in this regard and this one is from the person who helped solve one of the biggest missing plane cases of the 21st century.
Based on seven sequential signals which were automatically transmitted to an Inmarsat communication satellite right after the Malaysian Airline Flight MH-370 disappeared from the radar, the investigators concluded that the aircraft must have run out of fuel after 6 hours auto-pilot flight shortly after midnight, GMT, on March 8, 2014. As the plane dashed towards the Earth, it sent a final burst of data. The data came in two forms, BTO and BFO. The first, “Burst Timing Offset” give the distance of the plane to the satellite at the time of transmission. Whereas the second one, “Burst frequency Offset” tells roughly whether the aircraft was flying North-wards or South-wards. After weeks of necessary mathematics, the BFO values were decoded to be South-wards.
The following research for plane’s debris was defined by where exactly on the final arc did the plane sent its last transmission and how far it could have gone. After further analysis, it was concluded that the plane went into a steep dive. The recovered debris’ condition revealed that the plane hit the surface of water hard and fast. These factors showed that the plane’s final resort is close to the arc. The researchers at Australia’s Defence Science And Technology group were able to point out a 500-mile long segment on the arc from which the transmission could have occurred. According to their research, the plane should be in the given region.
Malaysia ultimately resigned to the unsolved mystery. Country’s minister of transport, Anthony Loke, in a statement made on May 30, called the search off by saying that so far no new information has been recovered determining the location of the remains. The authorities were stumped and were not willing to accept that the plane could have glided more than 25 miles past the line. The plane was just gone. Many theorists and armchair investigators gave their own ideas of the fate of the flight. Among them was the prominent name of David Gallo, who co-led the team which found Air France 447. On May 25, Gallo suggested in a tweet that there is a good chance that the plane never went South but rather it went North. He further cleared that accepting Inmarsat signals had been the mistake from the start.
Gallo disagrees to know how the satellite’s data could have been misinterpreted, but a sophisticated hijacker might have done this to deliberately move researchers off the course. No official ever came up with an explanation for how the onboard electronics could come back to life after being in dark for an hour. An amateur researcher also said that a hijacker could have tempered with the signals to make them look like the plane was headed South, not North. Gallo supporting this controversial idea said that Malaysian Government should turn things over to a small independent research group and let them solve the mystery.