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Missing plane: Malaysia releases MH370 flight path satellite data, experts doubt

The missing plane, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, flight path satellite data was released by Malaysian officials on Tuesday, but “several experts in physics, satellite technology and mathematics have said that based on the information released so far they have been unable to verify the investigation team's conclusions,” reported the Associated Press via Yahoo! News on May 27.

Missing plane: Malaysia releases MH370 flight path satellite data, experts doubt
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Family members of the passengers of the missing flight have been asking the Malaysian government to release the satellite data that showed the plane’s flight path. However, the 45 pages that were released by Malaysian officials on Tuesday consist of such technical data and “complex calculations” (taken from hourly transmissions between the plane and a communications satellite) that it is open to interpretation.

Malaysia and its international investigation team claim that the satellite data indicates that the plane changed direction and flew south about 90 minutes after takeoff and after it was last seen on Malaysian military radar. Based on its direction, the plane allegedly ended up in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia.

If the family members of Flight MH370 have learned anything since the plane’s disappearance on March 8, it is that the information provided by Malaysian officials is unreliable. As such, relatives of the missing passengers are asking for an independent review of the satellite data. In addition, the Associated Press is also asking experts to review the technical satellite data of the plane’s flight path.

Shortly after the disappearance of Flight MH370 on March 8, Malaysian officials had confirmed that the plane was hijacked. Two months after the plane’s disappearance, and after having sent numerous international search teams to the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian officials were questioning 11 members of a violent cell of al Qaeda-linked terrorists in connection with the disappearance of Flight MH370. As reported by the Daily Mail on May 4, an officer with the Counter Terrorism Division of Malaysian Special Branch commented that the arrests of the al Qaeda members “had heightened suspicion that the flight’s disappearance may have been an act of terrorism.”

If Malaysia had any kind of evidence that Flight MH370 crashed in the Indian Ocean, why would officials question members of a violent terrorist group? No matter what Malaysia is trying to tell the family members of the missing plane or the public, its own actions is shedding doubt onto the true fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Despite Tuesday’s released satellite data of the plane’s flight path, until there is any actual physical evidence of the crashed plane, the mystery continues.