A perfect nose-dive into the ocean could explain why missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished without a trace last year, a group of mathematicians claims.
A new study led by professor Goong Chen at Texas A&M University in Qatar suggests the lack of debris, oil or other evidence of a crash could be because the plane entered the water at a 90 degree angle.
A massive international search effort has been underway since the flight vanished with all hands last year, however, despite more than a year of combing the ocean, no trace of the Boeing 777 has yet been found.
“The true final moments of MH370 are likely to remain a mystery until someday when its black box is finally recovered and decoded,” Dr Chen said.
“But forensics strongly supports that MH370 plunged into the ocean in a nosedive.”
The team at Texas A&M modeled five different scenarios, all but one of which suggested a large aircraft would have broken up, spilling debris and oil over large patches off ocean on impact.
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Except for a vertical dive model, which showed the aircraft could have seamlessly entered the water without major damage to its fuselage.
MH370 vanished on March 8 last year during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China.
It was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it disappeared.
Hundreds of theories have since circulated about the fate of the flight and those on board and despite a large international effort to solve the mystery, so far no evidence of its location has been founded.