Malaysian Airlines’ missing plane MH370 could be finally found

By Simon Browning
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Many questions remain unanswered by relatives who were seen protesting 2017 in this photo.

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 passengers, crew and other passengers vanished, making it one of the greatest aviation mysteries in the world.

However, a British aeronautical engineering expert believes he can calculate the exact location of MH370’s crash.

Richard Godfrey claims that the Boeing 777 was lost in the Indian Ocean 2,000 kilometers west of Perth (West Australia).

The radar was not able to detect the aircraft during its March 2014 flight.

According to Mr Godfrey, he hoped that “we will be able give closure to the next-of-kin as well as answers to the flying community and industry about exactly what happened to MH370 and how to prevent it from happening again”.

In order to make the location of the Southern Indian Ocean more consistent, he combined several data sets previously stored in different domains.

It was complicated, Mr Godfrey stated, but there had been a shortage of lateral thinking across many disciplines to make this work.

“No one has ever had the vision to combine Inmarsat data with Boeing performance data and Oceanographic floating particles drift data, using WSPR net data,” said he.

Godfrey stated that work with a group has been going well for a while and that “we have done quite a bit of testing on this new idea, and we are confident in applying it to MH370”.

According to data calculations, the precise point is located around 33° South in the Indian Ocean and 95° East in India Ocean.

The Indian Ocean has been the subject of two exhaustive searches, with inconclusive results.

These searches cost millions and are expensive. Families may still want to locate their family members, but the associated costs can be enormous.

‘Tangible evidence’

Grace Nathan’s mother Anne was also killed in the crash.

“It has been an inexplicable nightmare. There’s no end. The only thing we seem to do is keep going in circles hitting one brick wall after the other.

She told BBC that she had been waiting for something “new” for a long time.

Ms Nathan, a Kuala Lumpur criminal defense lawyer, would like the new data to been tested by aviation experts capable of understanding the science and mechanics behind the location.

She stated that she welcomed any new findings and especially those that are based upon tangible evidence. This case, it’s based upon tangible evidence. These are things that can easily be calculated. This is not just a collection of Google images that cannot be back up.

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The search area was so large that previous attempts to find MH370 proved difficult.

Godfrey explained that an area measuring 120,000 square kilometers has been searched. It’s not about looking for a needle, it’s searching for something tiny in ahaystack. This is very hard to do.”

4,000 metres deep

This new proposal by the engineer is smaller than any previous ones. It includes a radius of 40 nautical mile.

“The wreckage may be in the canyon or behind a cliff on the oceanfloor,” he stated. It takes three to four passes to get the wreckage picked up. He said that the wreckage might be as deep as 4,000 meters below sea level.

Over thirty pieces of debris from aircrafts were found washed up along the African coastline and Indian Ocean islands.

Godfrey had been scheduled to fly on Air France 447 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris in 2009 but his work schedule meant that he needed to stay in Brazil.

This flight didn’t reach its destination and ended up lost over the Atlantic. He became more interested in finding lost ships and how to locate them.

Godfrey was a founder member of the MH370 Independent Group and is an engineer who has a background in designing automatic landing systems and aircraft pilot systems.

His statement was: “I have done lots of work in information systems, handling lots of data, and that is important for this analysis. It is difficult to filter through the vast amount of information and find the right needle.

Aviation Safety Consultants’ chief investigator is David Gleave. His decades of experience in the investigation of disappearances, crashes, and other aviation incidents are testament to his dedication.

Gleave anticipates that there will be a new investigation, and says: “The financing of the new research will be the problem. We now have more accurate information about the location of possible crash sites, so that is entirely plausible and in line with other theories.

The availability and timing of another search depends on specially-designed equipment as well the sea state.

Consistent evidence

According to him, “Realistically we would like to be in South Ocean during the south summer” – which is right now. The search for the asset may not begin immediately, but it might start in twelve months.

“But, I don’t think the Chinese will be able to take any responsibility for looking after their victims. Oder private companies may search for victims sponsored by insurance firms.

MH370 had 122 Chinese citizens aboard. The flight left Kuala Lumpur and never arrived at its destination of Beijing.

Many theories have been put forward about the mysterious disappearing. It could have been a pilot hijacking, in which the pilot took command and disabled radar technology, before heading west above the Gulf of Thailand.

Mr Gleave stated that if you want to hide an aeroplane in South Indian Ocean, make sure it’s further west from the flight path. This will ensure that the plane is within the reach of Australia’s search-and rescue aircrafts. This location matches that theory.

In October 2017, the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB), participated in an underwater search for MH370.

According to it, the BBC was not informed by the ATSB that they were involved in the current efforts to locate the aircraft.

Malaysian authorities would have to decide whether or not the aircraft should be searched again. This is because of its status as an aircraft’s registry.

For a reply, the Chinese and Malaysian governments were contacted.

Grace Nathan declared: “It’s in our interests to global aviation safety that the plane be located so we can stop something like this from happening in future.”

“It transcends our need for closure.”


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