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MH370 news: Why plane needed ‘major repairs’ before doomed flight

MH370 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, from Kuala Lumpur Airport with 239 people on board. The jet last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am while travelling over the South China Sea. Moments later, it disappeared and has not been seen for more than five years. 

In 2015, on the first anniversary of the disappearance, the Malaysian government released a 600-page report put together by an international team of investigators. 

Within, it disclosed that the batteries used on the flight data recorder – sometimes referred to as the black box – had gone flat some 15 months before the aircraft took off.

The electronic device is placed in an aircraft for the sole purpose of facilitating the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents. 

It also revealed how a crucial system in the cockpit “malfunctioned minutes before takeoff“, forcing it to be repaired. 

However, perhaps the most shocking revelation of the bunch revealed how the 12-year-old Boeing 777 undertook “major repairs” 19 months before it disappeared.

The taxiing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane struck the tail of a China Eastern Airlines A340 plane at Pudong International Airport in August 2012.

There were no injuries, but the wing of MH370 was significantly damaged.

Part of the plane was broken off and hung on the tail of the China Eastern Airbus 340-600, pictures revealed.

However, the wing tip was fully repaired, tested and then rolled back out to service by the airline.

It has left some asking questions whether it could have caused the plane to crash.

However, it is far from the most popular theory, with a lot of experts claiming Mr Shah took his own life.

Some claim the plane was hijacked, either by terrorists on board or through remote cyber hacking.

While more outrageous ideas have claimed the plane was a  “flying bomb” due to the cargo of five tonnes of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries.

Over the years there have been all sorts of claims over possible sightings, from Maldive islanders to oil rig workers in Vietnam.

However, we are still no closer to knowing the truth.

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