France has reopened the MH370 investigation after claims of Malaysian cover-up

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France has reopened the investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after the Malaysian report failed to provide an explanation for the aircraft’s disappearance, French newspaper Le Parisien reports.

On Monday 30 July 2018, investigators released a probe report into the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370 and said they were unable to determine the cause of one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. “The team is unable to determine the real cause for the disappearance of MH370…,” Kok Soo Chon, head of the MH370 safety investigation team, told reporters. “The answer can only be conclusive if the wreckage is found,” he said when asked if they would ever find out what happened on the plane.

Investigators of the Gendarmerie of Air Transport (GTA) would like to look into data from Inmarsat, the British operator of a global satellite network, which tracked the aircraft to the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, where it is believed to have crashed.

Families and relatives accused the Malaysian government of a cover up and of great incompetence.

Avherald.com has written a better and more obvious version of the facts:

From the foregoing discussion it can be generally deduced that there is no evidence to suggest that a malfunction had caused the aircraft to divert from its filed flight plan route. The aircraft’s maintenance history and events prior to the last flight do not show any issues that could have contributed and resulted in the deviation and subsequent changes in the flight path.

Although it cannot be conclusively ruled out that an aircraft or system malfunction was a cause, based on the limited evidence available, it is more likely that the loss of communication (VHF and HF communications, ACARS, SATCOM and Transponder) prior to the diversion is due to the systems being manually turned off or power interrupted to them or additionally in the case of VHF and HF, not used, whether with intent or otherwise.

Similarly, the recorded changes in the aircraft flight path following waypoint IGARI, heading back across peninsular Malaysia, turning south of Penang to the north-west and a subsequent turn towards the Southern Indian Ocean are difficult to attribute to any specific aircraft system failures. It is more likely that such manoeuvres are due to the systems being manipulated.

The analysis of the relevant aircraft systems taking into account the route followed by the aircraft and the height at which it flew, constrained by its performance and range capability, does not suggest a mechanical problem with the aircraft.

Avherald.com: Crash: Malaysia B772 over Gulf of Thailand on Mar 8th 2014, aircraft missing, data indicate flight MH-370 ended west of Australia, first MH-370 debris identified, search ended

Forum topic: Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is missing

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