MH370: Researchers claim ‘concrete evidence’ into plane’s location
9:37pm, Mar 8, 2017 Updated: 9:43pm, Mar 8
As family members marked the grim, three-year anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 on Wednesday, Western Australian researchers claim to know the location of the crash site.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) believe they have worked out the precise location of the missing Boeing 777, saying the plane is at the northern end of the last identified impact point, before the search was called off in January.
It comes after a US lawsuit, filed on behalf of the families of 44 people on board the missing plane, blamed manufacturer Boeing for the aircraft’s demise on March 8, 2014, with the deaths of all 239 people on board, including six Australians.
The UWA crash site has been plotted using a reverse-drift model, which successfully predicted where 18 of the 22 pieces of located Boeing 777 debris were found.
The model puts MH370 at Longitude 96.5 East, Latitude 32.5 South, within a 40km radius, UWA oceanography professor Charitha Pattiaratchi said, north of the 25,000 square kilometre search area identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) last year.
The debris already located would not have been found if the model had not predicted the plane’s location, Professor Pattiaratchi told The New Daily.
He claims the research gives authorities the “credible evidence” required to restart the search.
“My information is based on the oceanography. So when authorities say ‘we want more concrete evidence’, from an oceanography point of view you can’t have more credible evidence,” he said.
“That’s as good of information as you can get from an oceanography point of view.
“There is absolutely no doubt about the debris that has been found.”
The ATSB spent almost two years searching a 120,000sqkm area in the southern Indian Ocean for MH370, an area the UWA model predicted would prove fruitless.
“As soon as the flaperon (part of the aircraft’s wing) was found, we were saying it was unlikely that the plane went down in the search area at that time,” Professor Pattiaratchi said.
“The ATSB did not take into account the debris that was found. And despite the flaperon being found on [Reunion Island in] July 2015, it took them until November 2016 – almost 18 months – for them to acknowledge [MH370] is not [located] where they were searching.” Researchers claim 'concrete evidence' into MH370's location