A leading aviation expert says he has pinpointed the likely location of the doomed MH370 plane. If he’s right, it will solve an eight-year-old mystery about the whereabouts of the plane and its 239 passengers and crew, all of whom are believed to be dead. The results also confirmed “horrific” theories about the last hours of the missing plane – said the senior official in charge of the preliminary search.
But the authorities still need to be convinced to launch a new search mission. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, just hours after departing the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, China.
The plane headed northeast towards China, but suddenly changed direction shortly after takeoff in the Gulf of Thailand and returned over the Malay Peninsula. He then charted a course southwest into the remote depths of the Indian Ocean. It is said to have crashed 2000km off the coast of Western Australia. The search area of MH370 is 120,000 square kilometers. But without success.
RAAF AP-3C Orions deliver supplies for HMAS Toowoomba during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Photo/LSIS James Whittle, Archives British aeronautical engineer Richard Godfrey scanned radio signals for anomalies that fateful night. He said it allowed him to focus on a new crash zone.
“In my view, there is no reason why we shouldn’t plan a new search,” Godfrey told Australia’s Channel Nine on Sunday. The groundbreaking discovery is claimed after analysis using WSPR (Weak Signal Propagation Reporter) technology – which is actually an invisible, tripwire-like radio wave that records any interference or passing through the wave. thing.
However, experts seriously doubt that historical WSPR data can be used to track MH370. Godfrey told 60 Minutes that 160 signals were jammed over the Indian Ocean that night, possibly by plane.
Only one other plane was over the ocean somewhere near MH370, which Godfrey said was at least an hour away. This means the failure was most likely caused by the Malaysian jet, allowing its flight and possibly its final resting place to be tracked.
He said he could narrow the search down to just 300 square kilometers and complete the exploration in just a few weeks. This includes some areas that have already been searched and others that were never inspected during the initial rescue effort.
“In this very difficult terrain, it is possible to miss the wreckage,” he said.
“If you exceed 120,000 square kilometers, you have a chance, one per point. Within a radius of 300 square kilometers, you can make several passes from different angles, so it is possible.
Godfrey told 60 Minutes his research revealed another side to the flight and its captain, Zaharie Ahmed Shah.
Instead of flying straight into the Indian Ocean, Godfrey said MH370 made a series of 360-degree turns at sea, almost like an airplane’s holding pattern before landing at a busy airport. This means the “ghost flight” theory – where the plane is on autopilot with passengers and crew disabled – may not be correct.
“It’s weird to me. If you want to drop off a plane in the most remote part of the Indian Ocean, why make you wait 20 minutes?
“[The captain] maybe communicated with the Malaysian government, maybe he checked to see if he was being followed, he just wanted time to make up his mind,” Godfrey said. If true, the Boeing 777’s strange heading over the Indian Ocean suggests the theory that the captain deliberately left the plane behind.
Peter Foley is the Director of Operations for the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) looking for an MH370.
When 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo asked if the most likely scenario was that the captain was behind the mass murder, Foley replied: “Yeah, that’s a big difference. It’s too bad.” Still, Foley said some of Godfrey’s findings merit further study.
“Innovation certainly makes sense.
“I don’t think the jury has decided on Richard’s work yet, but we hope they find something.”
The ATSB has called Godfrey “credible” but has yet to open a new investigation.
“The Australian Transport Safety Board has not been formally involved in the search for the missing plane MH370 since the first underwater search ended in 2017, and has not resumed the search for the plane. , noting that any decision to conduct further research will be the responsibility of the Malaysian government in the matter,” ATSB Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said in a statement.
“The ATSB is aware of the work of Mr. Richard Godfrey and recognizes that he is a reliable expert on the subject of the MH370, but the ATSB does not have the technical expertise to validate his ‘MH370 flight path’ and was not prompted” documents and works.
“As such, the ATSB cannot use WSPR data to assess the effectiveness of Mr. Godfrey’s work. “The ATSB acknowledges that Dr. Godfrey’s work recommended establishing a search area for MH370, a substantial portion of which covers the area searched during the ATSB-directed underwater search.
“When the ATSB learned that the area in which Mr. Godfrey was located included a marine area that was being investigated during the ATSB-led search, as a matter of due diligence, the ATSB asked Geoscience Australia to publish its detected items of interest.”
“The ATSB expects this review to be completed in the coming weeks, and the results will be posted on the ATSB website. “The ATSB recognizes the importance of locating aircraft to provide answers and closures to bereaved families. “Amid all the efforts to locate the missing aircraft, the ATSB remains an interested observer.” Mitchell reiterated that any decision to conduct further searches for MH370 lay with the Malaysian government and that the ATSB was not aware of any Malaysian request to the Australian government to assist in the search for the missing aircraft.
Godfrey’s findings have led a grieving woman who lost her husband in the MH370 crash to now believe the incident was murder and not mechanical failure. The body of Danica Weeks’ husband, New Zealander Paul Weeks, has never been found.
Weeks told Sky News that after years of believing the plane crashed due to mechanical failure, she now believes it was murder. “I was determined to say it wasn’t a pilot,” she said.
“But now I have to throw it all away, after almost eight years [after disappearing] and three [authorities searching for the plane].
“I never believed it was the pilot. Unfortunately, Richard Godfrey said he believed the pilot was in control at this point. haven’t found it.. So maybe we need to take a step forward…and look into it now.