Did Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 make a U-turn?
The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 investigation team has based their working hypothesis on the assumption that MH370 made an abrupt turn south then continued at a constant speed and direction for 5½ hours on autopilot and crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean. Could the plane have turned back northeast at waypoint BEBIM, flying across Indonesia and Malaysia through radar dead zones towards the waypoint DAGAG, resuming its original flight to Beijing? MH370 would have ended its flight 110 nautical miles southeast of Vung Tau, Vietnam. Click to open in Google Earth.
MH370 flight path with an average speed of 456 knots.
Eyewitness on the Songa Mercur- 60 nautical miles east of the Inmarsat sixth arc.
On March 13, 2014 Mr. McKay's told Vietnamese authorities that he spotted the plane fall into the sea at dawn on March 8th.
www.tin247.com(translated) Talking with Reporter on 13-3 at 22g10, Nguyen Ngoc Hung - Director of Vietnam 's Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Ba Ria-Vung Tau confirmed a discussion with Mr. Michael Jerome McKay on the afternoon of 13-3. Mr. Michael Jerome McKay informed Mr. Hung that he had seen the MH370 aircraft fall into the sea at dawn 8 Vung Tau -3.
On the afternoon of March 10, 2014 a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur reported a large field of metal debris also on the sixth arc.
News wire reports of the Cathay Pacific debris report.
Mar 10th 2014 15:30 Hong Kong's Air Traffic Control Center reported that the crew of a Cathay Pacific A330 en route on L642 reported via HF radio that they saw a large field of debris at position about 80nm southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, about 50nm off the south-eastern coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea and about 281nm northeast of the last known radar position of flight MH370
Mar 10th 2014 18:30 Vietnam's Maritime Search and Rescue Control Center at Van Tau confirmed receiving the report by Hong Kong's Air Traffic Control Center stating that a Hong Kong based airliner reported a large field of debris while en route on flight L642. A Thai cargo ship in the area was asked for assistance and has set course to the area but did not find anything.
Mar 11th 2014 22:00, Colonel Tran Cong Understand, commander of the Border Guard Command province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, said after the search time, the border guard ship has not yet detected any objects. According to Colonel Understand, possibly due to high winds, large waves, these objects have drifted away.
Note: Most of Van Tau's air search and rescue resources were moved down to Ca Mau,Vietnam to help with the search for MH370 in the
Gulf of Thailand.
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