Did Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 turn back in the Indian Ocean?

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 investigation team has based their working hypothesis for the last five months 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. One model suggest the plane turned back northeast just before entering Australian airspace. The Boeing 777 then crossed back across Indonesia and Malaysia through primary radar blind spots between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore before ending it's flight in the South China Sea. Google Earth.

MH370 flight path below with an average speed of 480 knots.

The flight path matches Inmarsat's Burst Frequency Offset (BFO) measurements and the Burst Timing Offset (BTO) measurements

MH 370 flew at a lower altitude over Indonesia & Malaysia to avoid radar.

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NASA's infrared satellite images of the crash site.

Even if MH370 had entered the water intact, within days hydraulic fluids and oils leaked out creating a carbon debris field just inches below the surface of the water. Absorbing heat from the Sun the hot spots were picked up by NASA's PODAAC sea surface temperature satellite. The field expands on the satellite images consistent with the flow of the South China Sea surface currents from March 8th to March 16th.

Day 1- March 9th - Crash site hot spot

Day 4- March 12th the field is 20 km wide

Day 5- March 13 field grows to 30 km long

Day 8- March 16 debris field over 50 km long

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The last 12 minutes of Flight MH 370

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The Eyewitness Report

On the morning of March 8, 2014, New Zealander Michael McKay was working as a drilling fluids consultant on the Songa Mercur oil rig about 186 miles southeast of Vung Tau , Vietnam when the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 passengers and crew went missing. McKay reported in an email to his employers that he saw what he believed to be a burning plane falling into the South China Sea .  

On March 14, 2014, Mike McKay gave a statement of his version of events to Nguyen Ngoc Hung , the director of the Vietnam's Foreign Affairs Department. Speaking with reporters after the meeting, Nguyen said “Mr. Michael Jerome McKay statement has been forwarded to higher authorities in Hanoi. It will be studied and used in the search for Flight 370”. McKay's eyewitness report was discounted by the Vietnamese authorities at the time because it was at odds with radar sightings which indicate the plane traveled west and then south, rather than towards Beijing, its intended destination.

An important fact in Mike McKay's statement to the Vietnam authorities that was not in his email was the time of his observation was "about an hour after sunrise". Local sunrise was 23:04 UTC.

What's the odds that two airplanes would crash in different oceans on the same day and time 4,000 miles apart and both on Inmarsat's 7th arc?

Was the plane on fire? With MH 370's fuel supply expired, it's most likely that McKay observed the morning sun reflecting off of the spiraling plane giving the illusion of a fire. At 7:15 A.M. Vietnam time the sun was 16° above the horizon almost due east (98°E) of the oil rig and the plane was observed at 8° above the horizon almost due west (175° W). Using simple geometry the Sun would reflect off the body and wings of the plane between the altitude of 24,000 to 23,000 ft at a distance of 80 kilometers.

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