New MH370 analysis suggests no one at controls during crash

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Tanzania Permanent Secretary to the ministry of Works, Transport and Communication Leonard Chamuriho hands over of a wing suspected to be a part of missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 discovered on the island of Pemba, off the coast of Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania July 15, 2016.

Flight MH370 was not in a controlled descent when it plunged into the Mourning.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's (ATSB) latest report on the search, published on Wednesday, has detailed analysis of wing debris that investigators hope may provide more clues on the missing Boeing 777-200ER's flightpath before it crashed in the Indian Ocean.

They reportedly revealed he had plotted a course into the deep southern Indian Ocean - a course that closely matched the final flight MH370 is thought to have taken.

According to the Independent, the report supports investigators' long-held theory that pilots weren't at the controls of the plane in its final moments. However, some aviation experts have already questioned the usefulness of the report.

The report said the flap from the aircraft's right wing was "most likely in the retracted position at the time it separated from the wing".

The report's release comes as a team of worldwide and Australian experts begin a three-day summit in Canberra to re-examine all the data associated with the hunt for the plane, which vanished during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.

If that was the case a pilot could have glided the plane much further than the estimated crash zone.

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"The wreckage showed that what you would have extended - the landing flaps - were not extended in the final moments of the flight, so no one was planning to land the plane on water", said Schiavo, a former US Department of Transportation inspector general.

"You can draw your own conclusions as to whether that means someone was in control", he added.

The report bolsters the theories that the Malaysian Airlines jet was not being piloted when it veered off course and ultimately ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea.

Middleton said the analysis only meant the pilot was not awake, alert or planning a safe landing.

"Nothing in that report is particularly definitive".

The report from Australian investigators suggests the aircraft's wing flaps were in a "cruise" position when it hit the ocean surface. "We still don't know what happened".

The release of the report comes as a team of worldwide aviation and communications experts gather in Canberra to discuss the next stage of the search process. The ABC reported the ATSB was seeking another $30 million to continue its efforts. Malaysian authorities concluded the flight had ended in the Indian Ocean, but no confirmed MH370 debris was found until a year ago when a right wing flaperon was discovered on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar.

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