A newly discovered piece of debris from flight MH370 suggests the pilot lowered the plane’s landing gear just before it plunged into the ocean, supporting the theory that the plane crashed deliberately.
The Boeing 777 component, also known as the trunnion door, was found in the possession of a Malagasy fisherman 25 days ago – becoming the first physical evidence to suggest one of the pilots deliberately attempted to destroy and sink the Malaysian Airlines Jet with 239 passengers and crew on board.
Now a new report published by British engineer Richard Godfrey and self-proclaimed American MH370 wreck hunter Blaine Gibson, suggests that the failed landing gear door was likely penetrated from the inside by the aircraft’s engines disintegrating inside impact.
It is therefore highly likely that the landing gear was down when the plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014, leaving behind one of the greatest aviation mysteries of the world. recent history.
In their new analysis, MM. Godfrey and Gibson suggest the airliner crashed quickly and deliberately.
“The fact that the damage was inboard to outboard…leads to the conclusion that the landing gear was very extended on impact, which in turn supports the conclusion that there was an active pilot until the end of the flight,” the report read.
He added: “The level of damage with fractures on all sides and the extreme force of the penetration through the debris lead to the conclusion that the end of the flight was in a high speed dive designed to ensure the aircraft break into as many pieces as possible.
“The MH370 crash was anything but a soft ocean landing.”
The report claims the combination of the high-velocity impact designed to smash the plane and the extended landing gear designed to sink the plane as quickly as possible shows a “clear intent to conceal evidence of the crash” .
Pilots generally do not lower the landing gear if they have to make an emergency landing on water, because the extended landing gear will sink into the water and disrupt contact with the surface, increasing the risks of a catastrophic failure as the aircraft slows down.
While four pieces of debris believed to belong to the missing airliner have been discovered on the same beach, the gate is the first to offer real clues to the 2014 crash.
Nineteen pieces of wreckage have so far washed up in Madagascar and been handed over to authorities.
The latest find, the damaged landing gear door, was discovered at the home of a fisherman, who discovered the part washed up on the shore of the Antsiraka peninsula in March 2017 in the wake of the tropical storm. Fernando.
The fisherman kept the debris for more than five years, unaware of their existence. He kept it in his big yard and his wife used it as a washboard, and he admitted he had no idea what it was.