ATSB released Flight Path Analysis Update on lost Malaysian plane MH370

Oct 11, 2014 11:46 IST

Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) on 8 October 2014 released Flight Path Analysis Update on lost Malaysian Boeing plane MH370.

The update is the first official account of the last minutes of the aircraft and is based on flight simulations that recreated its final moments.

It revealed that Malaysian plane MH370 went into a shallow left turn at 35000 feet above the Indian Ocean before rapidly spiralling down into the sea after its fuel ran out.

According to ATSB, the right-hand engine of the Boeing 777 aircraft was likely to have cut out first after its fuel ran out and the left engine stopped seconds later.

The latest report was based on the assumption that the flight flew on autopilot hours before it ran out of fuel and went down into the ocean.

Flight MH370 went missing since the early hours of 8 March 2014, when it left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.

About Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is Australia's national transport safety investigator. It was given the responsibility for leading the search for MH370 by the Malaysian government after analysis of radar data and subsequent satellite communication (SATCOM) system signalling messages placed the aircraft in the Australian search and rescue zone in the southern part of the Indian Ocean.

Other Coordinating Agencies involved in the search of MH370 are:

•    Air Accidents Investigation Branch (UK)
•    Boeing (US)
•    Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
•    Department of Civil Aviation (Malaysia)
•    Inmarsat (UK)
•    National Transportation Safety Board (US)
•    Thales (UK)

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