Depressed' MH370 pilot 'carefully planned' his flight path to avoid leaving clues about where plane was heading before plunging into the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board, new research suggests | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Depressed' MH370 pilot 'carefully planned' his flight path to avoid leaving clues about where plane was heading before plunging into the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board, new research suggests

  • Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, deliberately changed the direction and speed of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to research
  • The pilot changed the flight path to avoid giving a clear idea where he was going, claims aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey
  • The Boeing 777 went missing on March 8, 2014, with the mystery never solved

The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 'carefully planned' his flight path to avoid leaving clues about where the doomed plane was going before plunging into the Indian Ocean, new research suggests.

Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who was reportedly clinically depressed, deliberately changed direction and speed to avoid 'giving a clear idea where he was heading', claims aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey.

Mr Godfrey said the final movements of the MH370 flight could be mapped out by using data from Weak Signal Propagation (WSPR), a global radio system which tracks and detects planes as they cross signals by setting off 'electronic trip wires'.

'WSPR is like a bunch of tripwires or laser beams, but they work in every direction over the horizon to the other side of the globe,' Mr Godfrey told Airline Ratings.

The flight crossed eight of the trip wires as it flew over the Indian ocean, which is consistent with previous studies focusing on the flight path, Mr Godfrey said.

But he claimed that Mr Shah used waypoints to navigate on 'unofficial flight paths' to avoid detection.

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