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New evidence? MH370 pilot’s flight path was “carefully planned”

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It’s been seven years since the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 went missing without a trace, but is this a new piece to the puzzling mystery?

The pilot made many turns and speed changes… according to new research.

Apparently the pilot was most likely avoiding giving any clear idea where he was heading.

Aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey is behind the new research.

He says applying new technology will provide “credible new evidence”, that was not available during previous underwater searches.

On March 7th, 2014 the Boeing 777 took off for Kaula Lumpa bound for Beijing

The aircraft disappeared from air traffic controls screens – only one hour into the flight.

 239 women, men and children were on board.

There are 239 people on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, comprising 227 passengers (including two infants) and 12 crew members. About two-thirds of them are Chinese, and other nationalities include 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French and three Americans. Among the passengers are French teenagers Hadrien Wattrelos and Zhao Yan heading for school in Beijing, and Australian grandparents Rodney and Mary Burrows on vacation.

New technology leading new findings

Godfrey is seen one of world’s leading investigators into the mystery.

He based his findings on weak radio signals that cover the earth. also called Weak Signal Propagation (WSPR), which is a digital radio communication protocol.

“WSPR is like a bunch of tripwires or laser beams, but they work in every direction over the horizon to the other side of the globe,” Mr. Godfrey says.

He said they triggered invisible signals when aircraft crossed them and they can help solve the mystery of MH370.

The flight path appears “carefully planned” said Mr. Godfrey.

“The pilot of MH370 generally avoided official flight routes from 18:00 UTC (2am Australian Western Standard Time) onwards but used waypoints to navigate on unofficial flight paths in the Malacca Strait, around Sumatra and across the Southern Indian Ocean,” Mr Godfrey said.

“The flight path seems well planned and avoids commercial flight routes. The pilot appears not so concerned about fuel usage and much more concerned about leaving false trails.”

“The significant number of changes of track and speed suggest that there was an active pilot during the flight,” Mr. Godfrey said.

“Speed changes were beyond the level of changes expected if the aircraft was following a speed schedule such as the long range cruise (LRC) or maximum range cruise (MRC) mode.”

“The pilot of MH370 generally avoided official flight routes from 18:00 UTC (2 am AWST) onwards but used waypoints to navigate on unofficial flight paths in the Malacca Strait, around Sumatra and across the Southern Indian Ocean. The flight path follows the coast of Sumatra and flies close to Banda Aceh Airport,” Mr. Godfrey said.

He said all the end-of-flight analysis points to a spiral dive into the ocean.

Its suspected crash site at 34.5 degrees south, south-west of Western Australia

This new paper examines in finer detail the turn around Indonesia before settling onto a course for the Southern Indian Ocean.

Two searches failed to find any trace of the plane…but Godfrey says a more detailed analysis of flight’s final destination will be underway soon.

Although, there continues to be more questions than answers to the greatest aviation mystery of all time.

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Will Australia have a new leader?

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Saturday is the day residents of Australia will take to the polls to vote in their next government and prime minister

Opposition and Labor Leader Anthony Albanese is set to visit five states and 20 individual marginal seats over the next few days in a bid to secure the top job.

This follows a recent swing back towards the Morrison government, with experts saying the race has tightened.

Coalition campaigners believe the country’s current Prime Minister is gaining support in outer-eastern Sydney suburbs.

On Wednesday, Albanese arrived into western Sydney to the safe Labor seat of Fowler, as Labor candidate Kristina Keneally faces off against independent Dai Le.

PM Scott Morrison will also be campaigning in Sydney, defending the seats of Reid and Bennelong.

Morrison will visit 10 seats over the next two days, and will likely use soon-to-be released unemployment figures, expecting the jobless rate to fall below 4 per cent for the first time in decades.

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U.S. stocks plunge – markets have biggest daily drop in 2 years

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U.S. markets have had their biggest daily drop in almost two years, as investors evaluate the impacts of higher prices on earnings and the possibility of monetary policy tightening

The S&P 500 dropped by 4 per cent, while the Nasdaq fell the most amongst other major benchmarks.

Meanwhile, retailer Target down was down more than 20 points in its worst performance since 1987, and Apple and Amazon.com both slid.

The U.S. dollar rose against all Group-of-10 counterparts, except the yen and Swiss franc.

The S&P is slowly emerging from its longest slump since 2011, but rebounds are fragile amid tightening policy, the war in Ukraine and lockdowns in China.

It comes as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warns U.S. central bank will raise interest rates until there is “clear and convincing” evidence inflation is in retreat.

Looking to other parts of the world, and Europe saw new-vehicle sales shrink for a 10th month in a row.

Over in the United Kingdom, inflation rose to its highest level since Margaret Thatcher’s reign 40 years ago.

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NATO ties – Sweden receives full backing from U.S.

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Just days after announcing its intentions to join NATO, Sweden has received full backing from the United States.

U.S. Defence Secretary Llyod Austin welcomed his Swedish counterpart to the Pentagon, in a show of solidarity between the two nations.

Austin says the United States says Sweden’s membership to the alliance will make all member nations safer and more secure.

Both Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the strategic alliance on Wednesday, but still face objections from Turkey.

The whole membership process is expected to take just a few weeks, but ratification by all allied parliaments could take up to a year.

It signifies one of the most significant shake-ups of European security architecture not seen since the Cold War.

The two nations remained neutral throughout this period in history, despite Finland sharing a 1,300 kilometre border with Russia.

Sweden says Russian propaganda can no longer hide the nation’s war crimes… and believes now more than ever, democracies must stand together against Moscow’s increasing aggression.

NATO Secretary-General Jen Stoltenberg says this is an historic moment which must be seized, warmly requesting the requests from both meetings at the alliance headquarters.

Both Sweden and Finland handed over their application letters, each envelope embossed with their national flag.

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