A leading aviation expert says he has located the likely location of the doomed MH370 plane. If he is right, it will solve an eight-year 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 missing plane’s final hours – the senior official in charge of the preliminary search said.
But authorities have yet to be persuaded to launch a new search mission. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, just hours after leaving 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 flew back over Peninsular Malaysia. It then charted a southwesterly route into the remote depths of the Indian Ocean. It is said to have crashed 2000km off the coast of Western Australia. The search area for MH370 is 120,000 square kilometers. But without success.
RAAF AP-3C Orions deliver supplies for HMAS Toowoomba during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Photo/LSIS James Whittle, Archives British aeronautical engineer Richard Godfrey scrutinized radio signals for anomalies that fateful night. He said it allowed him to focus on a new crash zone.
“In my opinion, 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 Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) technology – which is actually an invisible radio wave, similar to a tripwire, that records any interference or passing through the wave. thing.
However, experts have serious doubts 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 aircraft.
Only one other plane was over the ocean somewhere close to MH370, which Godfrey said was at least an hour away. That means the outage was most likely caused by the Malaysian jet, making it possible to track his flight and possibly his final resting place.
He said he could narrow the search 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 wreck,” he said.
“If you pass 120,000 square kilometers, you have one chance, one per point. Within 300 square kilometers, you can make multiple passes from different angles, so it’s possible.”
Godfrey told 60 Minutes that his research revealed another aspect of the flight and its captain, Zaharie Ahmed Shah.
Instead of flying straight into the Indian Ocean, Godfrey claimed MH370 made a series of 360-degree turns at sea — almost like a plane’s holding pattern before landing at a busy airport. This means that the “ghost flight” theory – where the plane is on autopilot with passengers and crew disabled – may not be correct.
“That’s weird to me. If you want to drop a plane in the most remote part of the Indian Ocean, why make yourself wait 20 minutes?
“[The captain] may have been communicating with the Malaysian government, he may have been checking if he was being followed, he just wanted to have time to make up his mind,” Godfrey said. If true, the Boeing 777’s strange course over the Indian Ocean suggests the theory that the captain deliberately left the plane forgotten.
Peter Foley is the Operations Manager for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) looking for MH370.
When asked by 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo if the most likely scenario was that the captain was behind the mass murder, Foley said: “Yes, it’s a big difference. It’s too bad.” Still, Foley said some of Godfrey’s conclusions deserve careful study.
“Breaking new ground certainly makes sense.
“I don’t think the jury has decided on Richard’s job yet, but we hope he finds something.”
The ATSB called Godfrey “credible” but has yet to open a new investigation.
“The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has not been formally involved in the search for the missing plane MH370 since the first underwater search was completed in 2017, and has not resumed the search for the aircraft, noting that any decision to conduct further searches will be the responsibility of the Malaysian government. matter,” ATSB Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said in a statement.
“The ATSB is aware of the work of Mr Richard Godfrey and acknowledges that he is a reliable expert on the subject of MH370, but the ATSB does not have the technical expertise to validate his ‘MH370 flight path’ and has not been prompted” documents and works.
“As such, the ATSB cannot use the WSPR data to assess the effectiveness of Mr. Godfrey’s work. “The ATSB recognizes that Mr Godfrey’s work has recommended the establishment of a search area for MH370, a substantial portion of which covers the area searched during the ATSB-led 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 requested that Geoscience Australia publish its Items of interest detected.”
“The ATSB expects this review to be completed in the coming weeks, with the results published on the ATSB’s website. “The ATSB recognizes the importance of locating aircraft to provide answers and closures to bereaved families. “Amid all the efforts to find the missing aircraft, the ATSB remains an interested observer.” Mitchell reiterated that any decision to conduct further searches for MH370 rested with the Malaysian government, and the ATSB was not aware of any requests from Malaysia to the Australian government to assist in the search for the missing plane.
Godfrey’s findings have led a grieving woman who lost her husband in the MH370 crash to now believe the incident was murder, 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 thinking the plane crashed due to a mechanical failure, she now believes it was murder. “I was determined to say this was not 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 has stated that he believes the pilot is in control at this point. Look, it makes sense that we were looking for the ghost plane and couldn’t find it. . So maybe we need to take a step forward… and search on that now.”