Could Soundwaves Solve the Mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight? -
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Could soundwaves solve the mystery of a missing Malaysian Airlines flight? Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished on March 8th 2014. Credit: byeangel, Flickr, CC BY2.0

Scientists may have found a new way to try and solve the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

The plane, which vanished without a trace more than ten years ago, on March 8, 2014, had 239 people on board and has become aviation’s most famous mystery.

Soundwaves picked up mysterious sound

According to a recent study conducted by scientists from Cardiff University in Wales, UK, underwater microphones are normally used to detect nuclear bomb tests. These picked up a very unusual low-frequency sound. The soundwaves were detected around the time the Malaysian Airlines flight mysteriously went missing in March 2014.

According to the scientists, the sound originated near the Diego Garcia and Crozet Islands in the Indian Ocean. The sound managed to travel a considerable distance underwater. It likely lasted for over an hour.

The lead researcher from the Welsh University, Dr. Usama Kadri, says this unusual sound could have been produced by the actual impact of a large aircraft that eventually hit the ocean surface.

Another detail that raises hopes for those who seek to solve this mystery is that the location of the signal is consistent with the path that MH370 is believed to have followed. This path deviated from its planned route, as the plane left from Kuala Lumpur. It was supposed to land in Beijing. However, it is thought to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.

Obviously, this is not the first time that experts believe they may be able to solve the mystery. As the scientists from Cardiff explain, without more precise information and data on the origin of that signal, it is unlikely they will be able to pinpoint the plane’s exact location on the ocean floor. The sound could also be completely unrelated to MH370, but he believes it is a clue worthy of further investigation using computer modeling techniques.

Other attempts to locate missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

Earlier this year, a company in Texas claimed to have new evidence that may help solve the mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. This would be a Boeing 777 which disappeared from air traffic control radars just after midnight on March 8, 2014. The Boeing was flying over the South China Sea at the moment of its disappearance.

The Texas-based company, Ocean Infinity, said in March that it had new scientific evidence of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight’s final resting place. The company said it had put forward a proposal for a new search in the southern Indian Ocean. This is where the Malaysian Airlines aircraft is believed to have crashed ten years ago. Ocean Infinity has already submitted the proposal to the Malaysian government.

The company proposed a no-cure, no-fee mission, meaning it will not be paid for its services unless it secures a positive outcome.

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