INVESTIGATORS looking into the disappearance of flight MH370 say they have discovered a 90kg load that was only added to the cargo list after take-off.
French engineer Ghyslain Wattrelos, who lost his wife and two of his three children in the crash, submitted a new report detailing the claims to investigative judges in Paris last week.
He says a container on the flight was also found to be overloaded but no explanation was ever established.
Four French citizens were lost on MH370, and France is the only country with an investigation into the incident still ongoing.
"It was… learned that a mysterious load of 89kg had been added to the flight list after take-off," Wattrelos told Le Parisien.
"A container was also overloaded, without anyone knowing why.
"The expert draws no conclusion.
"It may be incompetence or manipulation. Everything is possible.
"This will be part of the questions for Malaysians."
He also said different versions of the flight's passenger list contradicted each other.
Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Just 38 minutes into the flight, MH370 lost contact with Malaysia Airlines.
The disappearance has been dubbed one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.
The search for the missing plane, which became the most costly ever conducted, initially focused on the South China and Andaman seas.
Data from the aircraft's automated communications later identified a possible crash site somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean, but no wreckage could be found.
Malaysian and international investigators believe the jet veered thousands of miles off course from its scheduled route before eventually plunging into the Indian Ocean.
WHICH ARE THE MAIN THEORIES OF MH370 DISSAPEARANCE?
- Pilot or co-pilot suicide: Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah may have intentionally downed the plan in an act of murder-suicide. The report shows the aircraft was deliberately turned off course but investigators say they found nothing irregular with Shah’s background, training and mental health. MH370 may have also been downed by the co-pilot. Fariq Abdul Hamid was on his first flight on a 777 as a fully approved first officer.
- Hijacking: Chief investigator says they cannot rule out a ‘third party’ hijacking the plane it. However, no terror group has claimed responsibility for the crash and there is no evidence that the aircraft was being controlled ‘remotely’. Also the report shows that none of the passengers had experience of flying a plane
- Fire or fumes: One theory is that transporting lithium-ion batteries could have caused the fire. These batteries, which are used in cell phones and laptops may have exploded or have been set alight. A haul of tropical fruit which was off-season could have reacted with the batteries – causing them to ignite or create hazardous fumes
- Hypoxia: Passengers and crew would have been incapacitated by an unknown hypoxia event – which is a deficiency of oxygen in the cabin. This theory claims that captain Zaharie would have been unconscious for hours.
Estimates for the plane's likely location could made using data showing its distance from a fixed satellite, but required knowledge of how fast the plane was going and in which direction before the crash.
If it was flying north then possible locations could stretch as far as the border between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to Thailand.
But if it was flying south possible sites could range from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean.
So far debris believed to be from the plane have been found on beaches in Malaysia, Mozambique, and Tanzania, and authorities now believe the plane is most likely to have gone down in the Indian Ocean.
More than 30 bits of aircraft debris have been collected from various places around the world but only three wing fragments that washed up along the Indian Ocean coast have been confirmed to be from MH370.
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