If they were heading towards the south pole and decided to go off 90 degrees to the right, now you just opened up a really big search area, because this airplane at that altitude is actually a pretty good glider. It can glide out to about 125 miles after it runs out of gas.” –Stephen GanyardNEW YORK, NY — On July 29, President of Avascent Global Advisors Stephen Ganyard spoke at length and in great detail with Charlie Rose concerning debris found that is believed to be a piece of missing Malaysian flight MH370. “The good news is that after 16 months….we finally have what I think is a part from that airplane….on the other hand…it’s probably four to five thousand miles away from where it originally hit. I think what we’re seeing here is not going to be helpful in finding the airplane…this will bring some closure to the families but beyond that it’s not going to tell us much that’s useful to find out what happened.”
Ganyard spent time describing two prevailing theories on what brought the plane down. In scenario one, the less likely option, both pilot and passengers are unconscious, the aircraft runs out of gas, the engines shut down one at a time, and the asymmetric thrust rolls the plane in a falling leaf pattern–eventually hitting the water. In the second scenario, “the thing that is disturbing today…is that this flap run is fully intact. Now, if the airplane were going to fly into the water at a very steep angle at a high rate of speed, that flap run would not be intact. The only way you would see it intact is if the airplane hit the water are a very slow speed. That opens up the idea that…somebody tried to land that airplane after it ran out of gas…I think everybody believes this was a murder-suicide, nobody believes that this was some sort of mechanical (issue).”
Watch the full clip here.