Engineer finds proof that there was ‘clear intent to hide evidence’ of the MH370 crash
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An engineer has claimed to have found proof there was ‘clear intent to hide evidence’ of the Malaysian Airlines MH370 crash.
On 8 March, 2014, the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing - sending shockwaves across the globe.
Not long into the flight, radars were left unable to locate the plane and it was never seen again.
Since 2014, several pieces of wreckage from flight MH370 have been found, however, formal investigations led by Australia and Malaysia have failed to provide answers as to what happened.
The official script for the disappearance of MH370 suggested the aircraft executed a dramatic U-turn less than an hour into its flight before plummeting into the ocean.
But with so little answers provided to families in the near decade since the disappearance, many theories have been thrown about.
Some experts have suggested that the plane could have been hijacked, while others have even suggested the aircraft was shot down by the US Air Force.
But in December last year, new information from an aviation expert suggested a criminal plan to sink the plane forever.
The landing gear door of MH370 was found at the home of a Madagascan fisherman in November - some eight-and-a-half years after the plane went missing.
However, Richard Godfrey, a British engineer, and Blaine Gibson, an American MH370 wreckage hunter, believe that the gear proves the plane was crashed deliberately.
The experts believe that the damage to the landing gear door - known as a trunnion door - suggests that one of the pilot's lowered the aircraft's wheels in the final seconds of the flight, subsequently pointing to criminal intent.
The experts added that pilots wouldn't usually do this during an emergency landing as it increases the chances of the plane exploding into a million pieces on impact.
It also increases the chances of the plane sinking quickly, reducing the chances of survivors being able to get out, according to the experts.
Godfrey told The Times last year that the finding of the landing gear was 'the first item of physical evidence that indicates a possible criminal intent behind the demise of MH370'.
As per The Times, the researchers wrote: "The combination of the high speed impact designed to break up the aircraft and the extended landing gear designed to sink the aircraft as fast as possible both show a clear intent to hide the evidence of the crash.
"The realistic possibility that the landing gear was lowered shows both an active pilot and an attempt to ensure the plane sank as fast as possible after impact."
The speculation hasn't really helped things though, and the disappearance of the MH370 flight remains one of the world's highest profile mysteries.