Amidst false leads, conspiracy theories, and unlikely visual testimony researches have yet to find the remains of MH370. But UK satellite company Inmarsat claims to have narrowed down the crash site.
The hourly electronic connections between the Malaysian airlines flight and one of Inmarsat’s satellite show that the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean. An Australian ship was sent there to investigate but never made it to the Inmarsat hotspot. The Ocean Shield boat detected sonar signals on the way that were thought to come from the plane’s black boxes. It spent two months investigating what turned out to be a false lead.
According to the BBC:
The company’s experts used their data to plot a series of arcs across the Indian Ocean where its systems made contact with the jet.
By modelling a flight with a constant speed and a constant heading consistent with the plane being flown by autopilot – the team found one flight path that lined up with all its data.
“We can identify a path that matches exactly with all those frequency measurements and with the timing measurements and lands on the final arc at a particular location, which then gives us a sort of a hotspot area on the final arc where we believe the most likely area is,” said Mr Ashton [from Inmarsat].
The Australian authorities have decided to map a high-resolution depth survey of the larger research zone in order to have a better picture of the sea bed. This might however stop the research for several months.
Meanwhile, frustrated families of the MH370 missing passengers have decided to launch the “Reward MH370” crowdfunding campaign to find any insider who holds the key of the mysterious fate of the Malaysian airlines aircraft.
By Aliaume Leroy