Aeronautical experts call for renewed 10-day search of MH370 as new clues emerge

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The location of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could be found in a “matter of days” if a new search is launched, experts claim after new leads emerge regarding the flight’s disappearance.

In a September 2023 lecture before the Royal Aeronautical Society, aerospace expert Jean-Luc Marchand and pilot Patrick Blelly said that the flight was likely an “atrocious one-way journey” carried out by an experienced pilot who had taken advantage of the shortcomings of the civilian and military air traffic control.

According to an overview of the lecture, the pair noted that “the ‘person in command’ from start to end, could have taken advantage of the shortcomings of the civilian and military air traffic control and would have managed to stay basically ‘undetected’, that is, if the Inmarsat satellite communication aircraft ‘watchdog’ data did not exist.”

Marchand and Blelly claimed that the plane’s transponder was turned off and that the U-turn the aircraft made away from the flight path could not have been autopilot.

The latest MH370 study encompasses both aeronautical, technical and operational perspectives and concludes that the flight ended in the Indian Ocean after a well-controlled ditch, producing little wreckage debris, making it even more difficult to find.

Based on these new revelations, Marchand and Blelly issued an open call for help, claiming that a 10-day search could provide new insights into the disappearance of the ill-fated flight.

“It could be a quick thing. Until the wreckage of MH370 is found, nobody knows [what happened]. But, this is a plausible trajectory,” Marchand told Australian news outlet

“We have done our homework. We have a proposal … the area is small and considering new capabilities it will take 10 days,” Marchand said.

The pair also called on Australia’s Transport Safety Authority, the Malaysian government, and exploration company Ocean Infinity to launch a new search.

According to, Ocean Infinity said that it was interested in restarting its search on a “no find, no fee” basis.

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was an international passenger flight en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur that disappeared on March 8, 2014.

Almost 10 years on, the disappearance of flight MH370 remains one of aviation’s most perplexing and long-running mysteries that continues to attract plenty of conspiracy theories and angles.

In August 2023, a group of scientists said that barnacles attached to one of the flight’s flaperon that washed ashore in Reunion Island in 2015 could help locate the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

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