National Geographic recreates the final hours of MH370

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In what was probably the most mystifying mystery of the travel world in the last few years, the final moments of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 have been traced and pieced together in a National Geographic documentary series.

While flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014, MH370 and its 239 passengers went missing. It is believed that the plane changed course for some reason shortly after leaving Malaysian airspace and flew without a navigation system activated for six hours before plunging into the Indian Ocean.

The subsequent search – one of the largest-ever underwater search operations – turned up only three wing fragments.

The Nat Geo series worked closely with Perth-based film company Electric Pictures and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and is the only crew to have been granted access to information found during the investigation.

Using the latest data from underwater systems and expert opinions, they have managed to recreate what they believe may have happened to the plane in its final hours.

Drain The Oceans uses a range of data – from bathymetric sonar scans to video footage and photogrammetry – with sophisticated computer-generated graphics to create highly accurate three-dimensional models of the bottom of our oceans, lakes and rivers,” said Electric Pictures CEO and executive producer Andrew Ogilvie.

“This process allows the filmmakers to recreate natural wonders, shipwrecks, ancient ruins and other human artefacts that can be found on the sea floor – revealing them in unprecedented detail, as if they were on dry land.”

According to Drain the Oceans, the plane ran out of fuel in its right engine, for which the pilot had to make a hard-left turn to compensate. The left engine failed shortly after and the autopilot shut down, putting the plane into a long, slow spiral descent into the ocean.

Malaysian investigators weren’t able to find out what happened to the plane and still have not ruled out unlawful third-party interference. A French airline authority is also investigating the ‘authenticity’ of the technical data used in the investigation.

Drain the Oceans also provides theories on the mystery of HMAS Sydney, explores the recreated remains of ancient underwater cities in the Mediterranean and uncovers the lost wonders of ancient Egypt.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 2
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    Very interesting article to support the cover-up of the MH 370 saga. Drain the Ocean was very credible in the case of the Titanic. My question is how will the media respond when the class action law suit proves that MH 370 and MH 17 used the same plane? Original photographic evidence has been photo-shopped to cover up the fact that the MH370 777-200ER was unique. No expense has been spared to make the evidence fit the fairy tales. MH370 also provided an ideal cover for a seismic survey for oil and gas in the southern Indian Ocean. For a better understanding of what happened, read the Wiki on Operation Northwoods from President Kennedy’s time!

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    The right engine of MH17 was hit by a missile and the 777-200ER made a hard-left turn back to Kiev. It crashed in Ukraine, not in Russia as intended. Maybe wild speculation to many people, however the network of pilots have the original evidence. The class action by the relatives and families of MH370 is an attempt to get access to classified evidence. In many ways, MH 370 – MH17 and the events of 911 have similarities.



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