- Posted April 8, 2014 by
San Jose, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Pressure increase with Ocean Depth
It is quite likely that MH370 landed cleanly on the ocean surface and then sank as a whole.
As the airplane sank - the pressure on its structure increased drastically - and the plane fractured and broke up into many pieces. The airplane structures are just not designed to handle the pressures on ocean depths of 5000 meters (3+ miles)
This could also explain that the CVR (cockpit voice recorder) and FDR (flight data recorder) could be separated by some distance.
For every 33 feet (10.06 meters) you go down, the pressure increases by 14.5 psi (1 bar). In the deepest ocean, the pressure is equivalent to the weight of an elephant balanced on a postage stamp, or the equivalent of one person trying to support 50 jumbo jets!