MH370 Was Out Of Control When It Descended Into The Ocean

However, based on analysis of debris of the wing flaps, the flaps were not extended in that manner.

It's believed the search will move on to new areas next year at an estimated cost of $30 million.

MH370, a Boeing 777-200 with 239 passengers and crew aboard, disappeared from radar on March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

"(It) means the aircraft wasn't configured for a landing or a ditching - you can draw your own conclusions as to whether that means someone was in control", Foley told reporters in Canberra. When an Airbus 320 made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board cited the decision to lower flaps as a crucial reason the plane ditched safely.

First, a new analysis of the plane's satellite communications system, which investigators believe was activated when the aircraft ran out of fuel, suggests MH370 was descending at a rapid rate of speed in its final minutes.

Foley said the wing flap had "enhanced certainty" as to what happened.

More than 20 items of debris have been brought to the attention of investigators, but only three have been confirmed as from MH370, including the flaperon mentioned in the new report.

Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said experts involved in this week's summit will be working on guidance for any potential future search operations.

The report added that preliminary results of drift analysis carried out by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia - had indicated that debris from the flight originated from south of the current search area.

The findings were revealed at a three-day conference of worldwide experts in Canberra who are meeting to decide whether to continue searching for the missing flight.

The transport bureau said the analysis was continuing and the results would probably be refined.

In what is deemed "the most advanced of all court actions" against the airline and lead insurer, Allianz, as reported by ABC news, the court case which involved the adult children of four MH370 passengers - Rod and Mary Burrows, and Bob and Cathy Lawton - Malaysia Airlines chose to change its course to handover nearly all the documents they have been hounded for over a year.

Authorities from Malaysia, Australia and China initially expected to finish searching a 120,000 sq km (46,000 sq mile) target area by the end of 2016, but bad weather has delayed the probe by another two months.

  • Leroy Wright