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Monday’s 449-page report offered little to solve modern aviation’s biggest mystery -- and stopped short of apportioning specific blame. There’s nothing to suggest the plane was evading radar, or evidence of behavioral changes in the crew, it said. Significant parts of the aircraft’s power system, including the autopilot function, were probably working throughout the flight, the report said.
“We are unable to determine with any certainty the reasons that the aircraft diverted from its filed planned route,” Kok Soo Chon, chief inspector of the MH370 investigation team, told reporters in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur. “The possibility of intervention by a third party cannot be excluded.”
Without the help of cockpit data recorders, search teams could only guess what happened in the flight’s final moments. Analysis by the Australian government suggested MH370 ran out of fuel before plummeting -- at as much as 25,000 feet a minute -- into the water. Other investigators speculated that a person was at the controls until the very end, gliding the plane into the ocean beyond the furthest limit of any search area.
Monday’s report didn’t support either theory explicitly, but struggled to come up with a mechanical explanation for the aircraft’s deviations.
Inventors: Wang; Peidong (Suzhou, CN), Chen; Zhijun (Suzhou, CN), Cheng; Zhihong (Suzhou, CN), Ying; Li (Suzhou, CN)
Name City State Country Type
Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Family ID: 50192862
Appl. No.: 13/723,207
Filed: December 21, 2012
Current U.S. Class: 716/135; 716/134
Current CPC Class: G03F 7/70433 (20130101)
Current International Class: G06F 17/50 (20060101)
Field of Search:
He said investigators couldn't find any flaws with the plane and dismissed the theory that it was remotely controlled. Boeing has such technology to foil plane hijacking but hasn't used it on any commercial planes, he added.