MH370: all they have to do is look in the right place

The MH370 search has had a morale boost.

On 13 May the Australian Transport Safety Bureau revealed it had found wreckage on the seabed in the search area.

It wasn’t from the missing aeroplane, it was a shipwreck, but it proves the sonar kit they are using can find MH370 if they look in the right place.

One of the oceanic survey vessels, Fugro Equator, found small sonar contacts that looked like man-made equipment. Fugro Supporter was sent back to have a closer look using the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

ATSB’s Peter Foley, Director of the Operational Search for MH370 said: “It’s a fascinating find, but it’s not what we’re looking for.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed that it wasn’t the aircraft, but we were always realistic about the likelihood. And this event has really demonstrated that the systems, people and the equipment involved in the search are working well. It’s shown that if there’s a debris field in the search area, we’ll find it.”

They’ve passed the sonar data to marine archaeologists who may have to search back many decades to work out which vessel it was because, from the debris, it looks as if it was a coal-burning ship.

Seabed wreckage 3,800m beneath the waves
Seabed wreckage 3,800m beneath the waves

But there’s more.

Remember Capt Simon Hardy, the Boeing 777 captain and mathematician who worked out where MH370 is most likely to be? Flightglobal published his calculations last December.

The ATSB called Hardy to meet them in Canberra on 15 May, and the plan was that he was to visit the survey ships in Fremantle on 20 May. This will all have happened by now. The ATSB have demanded that Hardy not disclose any discussions, although I can’t see what purpose secrecy would serve. Perhaps they just want to control the release of information themselves.

But now we know the AUV can detect even small debris, all we are waiting for is for them to find MH370.

It will just be interesting to see how close the MH370 wreck is to Hardy’s refined predictions, which he will have been sharing with the ATSB.

2 thoughts on “MH370: all they have to do is look in the right place

  1. The investigating authority ‘always’ controls the release of information. It’s an ICAO SARP.


  2. MH370 more plausible then 9/11.

    From the cargo holt 1 of the 777 there is access to the cockpit through a manhole in the cockpit floor. There’s also access to holt 1 through a manhole in the nose wheel chamber, easy access for a tarmac worker.

    The plane was hijacked by stowaway (s) familiar with Boeing aircrafts, most of which have similar cockpit layout.

    The Objective: Land the plane in Somalia’s Islamic rebel (Al Shabaab) held territory say Bu’aaly which has a 1.5Km runway on which a 777 could safely land and hold the plane and passengers for ransom same like they did with merchant ships. As with the merchant ships, by the end the Insurance companies paid the ransom which was allot less then having to payout the fully insured sum.

    Since there was not enough fuel, the fate of flight 370 was similar to Ethiopian Airlines flight 961.


    Going from this it is likely that the plane is somewhere in the Southern Arabian Sea

    Malaysian authorities should be looking for any airport worker who has vanished since that time.

    Regarding the Flaperon found in Reunion.

    It was found on the northern coast of Reunion because it drifted from the north. Since marine biologist can not find traces of livening forms prevalent to colder waters then it is more than likely the plane has maintained the flight direction last reordered on the military radar heading west to Somalia. This also correlates with reports of the plane sightings overflying the Maldives.

    The 7.5 hour ark conceived by Inmarsat relies on the planes remaining communications response time. Since the calculations are in nanoseconds a slight delay in response caused by overload at the plane or even inmarsat’s computers can easily lead to miscalculation. The longer the response time the further the distance.

    As they say …” The apple does not fall far from the tree”


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