express– The Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on March 8, 2014, during a routine trip to Beijing, China, with 239 people on board. Captain Zaharie Shah last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am while travelling over the South China Sea, before vanishing. Countless theories have been put forward to explain the enigma, but analysis of the jet’s automated communications with an Inmarsat satellite indicates it likely crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
But now, engineer Richard Godfrey claims he has made a major breakthrough after tracking the Boeing 777’s flight path using a computer programme known as WSPRnet.
He claims new data shows the plane was put into a holding pattern for around 22 minutes near the coastline of Sumatra, an Indonesian island.
He said: “What I found out, without looking for it, was that MH370 entered a race track holding pattern at around 19:12 UTC.
“I was surprised to discover that not only did MH370 enter a holding pattern but that the holding pattern lasted for around 22 minutes.