Some notes on the debris field maps (I believe they are real and accurate, since I know the source)
August 2006 - I have just received two opinions (remember these are unofficial opinions from a crash site investigator with the Canadian government); one - that it appears the plane turned almost NNW to N (perpendicular to the known flight path) in a 30 degree bank before it was destroyed. Second opinion, the debris field is consistent with a lateral explosion which would have possibly blown the wings off. This is not confirmed, we need pictures of the re-assembly at Jan Smuts.
It has also been reported on other sites that SAAF planes were in the air at the time, it has been posed that there is a possibility of a ‘false beacon’ as was also suggested in another Cecil Margo case, the Samora Machel plane crash of 1986. If the trick worked once, I’d guess they might keep using it. I’ve been told that since the operation of the 747 is literally pushbutton once in the air and a beacon can be carried on a plane, in a small boat, etc. the possibility of a false beacon is good because there was no logical reason for the plane to turn north away from Mauritius, unless the change in direction was caused by starboard drag which is examined later.