A new 55-page report released by the Australian Transport Safety Board has revealed what investigators believe may have caused the deaths of the 239 passengers and crew onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared on March 8 shortly after departing Kuala Lumpur.
This new report claims that the people onboard the Boeing 777 had likely died well before the plane crashed into the ocean. Blaming asphyxiation and hypoxia, the report describes how the plane was most likely diverted intentionally from its intended destination, but cruised on autopilot long after the aircraft interior ran out of oxygen. The plane, full of nonresponsive crew and passengers, flew until its fuel reserves were exhausted.
This new report is not based on new evidence, but rather after comparing other accidents involving similar profiles. It also narrowed down the search area to a location further south than initially thought, pointing to the aircraft’s steady southbound track before it lost radar contact.
The newest search area was determined after comparing satellite and radar data with the Boeing 777’s performance. The next search phase is set to begin in August and will last approximately one year. Crews will map and search about 23,000 square miles of the sea floor about 1200 miles northwest of Perth. This particular expanse of ocean is often plagued by bad weather, which will only add to the expense and challenge of the search.
Family and friends of those who disappeared on MH370 have waited over three months to hear any news or information regarding their loved ones and what happened to them. The Phoenix aviation accident attorneys at Curry, Pearson & Wooten send their deepest sympathies to those waiting for closure and information.