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A former British Airways pilot believes the missing Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 is “thousands of miles” from where search parties are looking. Retired Alastair Rosenschein claims the jet and all 239 passengers has plunged into the Indian Ocean half way between Madagascar and Australia. Mr Rosenschein, who is now an aviation commentator, spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live to put forward his theory about the aircraft’s mysterious disappearance.
He claimed the Malaysian jetliner is around 5,000 miles away from where rescuers are looking in the South China Sea on a course set by the pilots before the crew passed from a drop in cabin pressure.
Asked what his theory was, Mr Rosenschein told the BBC: “Well the one I put forward was that the aircraft may have suffered a depressurisation.”The initial reaction for pilots in that case would be to put on oxygen masks immediately. “However, had they failed to do that the next option would be to turn off the airway in order to do a rapid descent.
“Without the oxygen masks they would have they would have passed out within a few seconds. That would have left the aircraft on autopilot heading in whichever direction they had turned the aircraft on the autopilot. “I’m suggesting that they would have made that initial heading a reciprocal one back towards Kuala Lumpur airport. “That doesn’t mean they turned the aircraft directly and exactly toward Kuala Lumpur airport it could quite happily have been a parallel track with the airway.
“With the fuel on board that would put the aircraft finally as it ran out out of fuel, with everybody unconscious on board somewhere around the mid-Indian Ocean which is thousands of miles away from where they’re looking at present.” The worst case scenario for the location of the aircraft would be half-way between Madagascar and Australia, a very very difficult area to search and of course a huge area.”
A picture captured by a Chinese satellite appeared to show the silvery outline of plane wreckage in the ocean. It was taken at 11am on Sunday – the day after the Boeing 777 disappeared – and released by Beijing officials yesterday, who flew aboard a Antonov 26 cargo plane for three hours. Vietnamese Aircraft repeatedly circled the area shown by the image – but were unable to detect anything, said a journalist on board one of the planes. Speaking about the search for debris in Vietnamese waters, Mr Rosenschein said: “Had the aircraft broken up, it would have presumably done so at the point of last contact.
“That area of sea has been searched and no debris was found. “That is why I go on the theory that the pilots would have commanded the autopilot for a parallel reverse track. “And that is why I still think there is some credence to this particular scenario.” The missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370 could have flow after it lost contact with air traffic controllers, according to reports. It is based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the aircraft’s Rolls Royce engines as part of a standard monitoring programme. The possibility means the plane could have travelled for another 2,200 miles to Pakistan or Mongolia, according to the Wall Street Journal.