A new report on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 suggests no one was at the controls when the plane disappeared and was assumed to have crashed in 2014.
If a pilot was controlling the plane, it could mean the flight traveled much further and would triple the search area. But the report finds a simple but critical flaw with that theory: The wing flaps were not deployed when the plane hit the water, which a pilot would likely have done.
The report's conclusion leads experts to believe the search for the plane wreckage is being carried out in the right place.
The wing flap, pictured here, washed ashore in Tanzania last month.
You can never be 100 percent. We are very reluctant to express absolute certainty.
However, even this is far from a sure thing, according to Peter Foley, director of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's Flight 370 search operations.
More than 20 items of debris suspected or confirmed to be from the plane have washed ashore. But a sonar search for the main wreckage has found nothing.
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