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The pilot of the doomed airliner may have attempted to leave 'false trails' and hide the plane's true trajectory.
Exactly what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8, 2014 still remains one of the most enduring mysteries in aviation history.
Numerous theories have arisen over the years, however it seems increasingly likely that the plane did not befall an accident, but was instead flown intentionally to its doom by its pilot for reasons unknown.
Now new research by aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey - one of the leading investigators into the mystery - has suggested that the pilot went to great lengths to avoid being detected.
"The pilot of MH370 generally avoided official flight routes from 18:00 UTC (2:00am AWST) onwards but used waypoints to navigate on unofficial flight paths in the Malacca Strait, around Sumatra and across the Southern Indian Ocean," he said.
"The flight path follows the coast of Sumatra and flies close to Banda Aceh Airport."
"The pilot appears to have had knowledge of the operating hours of Sabang and Lhokseumawe radar and that on a weekend night, in times of little international tension the radar systems would not be up and running."
These movements, at the very least, prove that someone was definitely piloting the plane.
"The level of detail in the planning implies a mindset that would want to see this complex plan properly executed through to the end," Godfrey added.
Exactly why the pilot would have gone to such lengths, however, continues to remain a mystery.
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