As per a recent report, the infamous missing Malaysian flight MH370 was out of control when the flight plunged into the ocean without opening its wing flaps for landing. The final satellite communications of MH370 were "consistent with the aircraft being in a high and increasing rate of descent" when it vanished, reported the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
 

 

The flight's right outboard flap was found in Tanzania and its analysis shows that it was "most likely in the retracted position at the time it separated from the wing", indicating that the plane was not configured for landing before it smashed into the ocean.

 

 

The report further disclosed that the width of the defined search area was appropriate "to encompass all uncontrolled descent scenarios from the simulations".

 

 

The new findings analysed satellite data, end-of-flight simulations, recovered sections of the plane and debris drift modelling, confirm extensive testing by US manufacturer Boeing and the Australian defence department.

 


Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester said, "This report contains important new information on what we believe happened at the end of MH370's flight," at the start of a three-day meeting in Canberra where experts will plan the final stages of the search.

 


In the three-day meeting the experts "review all the available data and analysis associated with the search to date", Chester said in a statement.

 


Their findings will "inform the remainder of the search effort, and develop guidance for any future search operations."

 


"There are currently more than 20 items of debris of interest to the investigation team which have been located on the coasts of Africa, Madagascar, the island of Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues," he added.

 

 

Ongoing drift analysis also suggested the search was in the right place, the ATSB said, noting it was "unlikely debris originated south of the current search area.