Exactly three years after their jet airliner on flight MH370 went missing in the South China sea, Malaysian Airlines released several documents which indicate that there was one unaccounted passenger aboard the plane when it went missing.
The initial official story was that MH370 was carrying 227 passengers and a crew of 12 people. However, Andre Milne, a volunteer investigator and founder of Unicorn Aerospace, claims that he has discovered evidences which suggest that there were in fact 240 people on board the plane.
Milne’s claim is backed up by a cargo manifest report which confirms that there were indeed 228 passengers on board the aircraft when it took off from Kuala Lumpur International airport. He explains that “the 228. seat was reserved just 2 hours before the flight” and that it does not include two children who were sitting with their parents.
However, some sources suggest that four people didn’t board the plane at KLIA, which means that there was total of 224 passengers on board. Milne explains – “add the 2 children and you get 226 passengers. Now add the 12 crew. That means that there should only be 238 missing people and not 239 as is the official record. So now we have an ‘extra’ person on board MH370”
Milne suspects that the mysterious “extra” passenger was indeed a hijacker and that he may be the cause of the crash. “The extra passenger likely acted in conjunction with larger external operational support to take full command and control of the cockpit of MH370.”
Malaysian Airlines spokesperson confirmed that “the company is aware of this discrepancy” but that he actual number of passengers on-board was 227. He explained that “the actual figures can differ from those printed on the load sheet due to last minute changes, or LMC as they are called in the industry”.
Meanwhile, University of Western Australia announced that its experts have calculated a precise location where MH370 crashed. Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, who worked on calculating the landfall of the debris from the flight two years ago, said that UWA’s reverse drift calculations pinpoint MH370 to be at -32.5 S, 96.5 E. “Of the 22 pieces of debris found, the location of 18 were predicted by the UWA model,” Professor Pattiaratchi said.
This discovery corresponds to the study made by Australian Transport Safety Bureau last year, which used satellite date and drift analysis to pinpoint the exact crash location. However, despite these new developments, Australian Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester decided to end the search, saying that it provided no concrete results and that it became a target of worldwide ridicule.
The parties who participated in the search involved Australian, American, British, Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Pakistani and Thai agencies and military as wells as several aircraft manufacturers such as Rolls-Royse, Boeing, Thales, Inmarsat and CSIRO.
The official search lead by Australia was ended in November 2016, but various organizations and families of the victims launched a crowdfunding project hoping to gather financial means necessary to continue the search and investigation.