Over five years have passed since the inexplicable disappearance of MH370, which vanished en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur in March 2014. New data brought forward by author and aviation expert Jeff Wise suggests that the Boeing 777 might have been flying in circles just before its final demise.
More than five years after the unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, new data suggests that the Boeing 777 might have been flying in circles before its final demise, reports The Mirror.
According to author Jeff Wise in The Plane That Wasn’t There: Why We Haven’t Found MH370, the plane’s Burst Frequency Offset (BFO) data – which indicates the relative motion of a plane with respect of a satellite – indicates that the flight may have been flying in a circular trajectory.
The data referred to by Wise comes from a satellite operated by Inmarsat, a British telecoms company. This particular satellite, the outlet reports, was supposedly in contact with MH370 after it had disappeared.
Offering further clarification, Wise said, “Just as the motion of a speeding train makes the tone of its whistle go up or down, the relative motion of the satellite and the airplane shifts the frequency of the radio signals transmitted between them. The BFO is a measure of the difference.”
But the scenario put forth by Wise is in direct dispute with the information offered via data gleaned from the plane’s Burst Timing Offset (BTO), which measures the distance between a plane and a satellite. In the case of MH370, this set of data indicates that the plane was traveling in a straight line.
Commenting on this discrepancy, Wise said, “Long and short, it was very hard to come up with any routes that matches BTO and BFO data and made any sort of sense in terms of how planes are actually flown.”
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