One of the world’s biggest aviation mysteries is the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines aircraft carrying 239 passengers and crew.
However, a British aeronautical expert who has been researching on the catastrophe for more than a year believes he has figured out where MH370 went down.
The Boeing 777, according to Richard Godfrey, fell into the Indian Ocean 2,000 kilometers west of Perth, Western Australia.
During a journey in March 2014, the plane vanished from radar.
“We’ll be able to offer closure to the next of kin and answers to the flying public and the aviation industry on exactly what occurred with MH370 and how we prevent it in the future,” Mr Godfrey told reporters.
To align to this new position in the Southern Indian Ocean, he integrated multiple data sets that were previously held in distinct domains.
Mr Godfrey acknowledged that it was a “complex task,” but that there has previously been a lack of lateral thinking across many disciplines to bring it all together.
“No one had ever thought of combining Inmarsat satellite data, Boeing performance data, Oceanographic floating debris drift data, and WSPR net data before,” he explained.
“We’ve done quite a lot of testing of this new notion and we’ve come to the confidence to apply it to MH370,” Mr Godfrey said, adding that work with a team has been going on for a year.
The actual location in the Indian Ocean estimated by data computations is roughly 33 degrees south and 95 degrees east.
Two intensive searches of the Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have given unsatisfactory findings.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on the searches, and while family members want to find their loved ones, the prices are prohibitive.
The current plan from the engineer has a circle radius of 40 nautical miles, which is far lower than prior searches.
He speculated that the wreckage may be hidden behind a cliff or in a canyon on the water floor. “And you’ll probably need three or four passes before you start picking up anything.” He noted that the wreckage may be as deep as 4,000 meters.
Over thirty pieces of airplane debris have washed up on beaches along the African coast and on Indian Ocean islands.
Mr Godfrey was supposed to go from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on Air France 447 in 2009, but job obligations forced him to stay in Brazil.
That flight was lost in the Atlantic and never arrived at its destination. From that moment on, he got interested in tracking down and locating planes that had gone missing at sea.
Mr. Godfrey is a founding member of the MH370 Independent Group and an engineer with experience developing automated landing systems and aircraft autopilot systems.
He stated, ” “I’ve spent a lot of time working with information systems and dealing with large amounts of data, which is useful in this study. There’s a lot of information to go through in order to find the needle in the haystack.”
Aviation Safety Consultants’ chief investigator is David Gleave. He has spent decades investigating aviation disasters and disappearances.
Mr. Gleave anticipates a new search, stating: “The next search’s finance will be a problem. Given that we now have more precise information about the crash location, this looks to be completely believable and compatible with previous explanations “..
The availability of specifically specialized equipment, as well as the state of the water, will determine the time and commencement of a new search.
“Realistically, we’d want to be in the Southern Ocean during the southern summer, which is right now,” he remarked. Because you can’t get the materials together and on site in a short amount of time, the search may have to be restarted in a year.
“However, I believe that either the Chinese or the Americans will accept responsibility and search for their victims. Alternatively, commercial businesses may do searches on behalf of insurance companies.”
There were 122 Chinese nationals on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which took out from Kuala Lumpur but never arrived in Beijing.
The disappearance has sparked a slew of speculations about what transpired. One theory is that it was a ‘pilot kidnapping,’ in which the pilot took control and disabled radar systems before turning around and continuing west over the Gulf of Thailand.
Mr. Gleave explained: “If you want to hide the plane in the Southern Indian Ocean, simply make sure it’s west of the regular flight route and out of range of Australia’s search and rescue planes. As a result, this specific position supports that notion.”
The role of the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) in the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 came to an end in October 2017.
Reporters were told: “The ATSB is not participating in any current efforts to track down the plane’s position.
“Any decision to recommence the search for the aircraft, as the state of registry of the aircraft, would be an issue for the Malaysian government.”
The Malaysian and Chinese governments have both been contacted for comment.
Grace Nathan expressed herself as follows: “This plane must be located in the interests of world aviation safety so that something similar does not happen again.
“It’s bigger than our quest for closure.”