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TechGuessing the Location of Malaysia Airlines MH370's 'Final Rest'

Guessing the Location of Malaysia Airlines MH370’s ‘Final Rest’


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Ten years have passed and the plane Malaysia Airlines MH370 The one who was injured in 2014 has not yet been found. But aviation experts believe there will be a breakthrough if a new search is launched. The Malaysian government has indicated that it will carry out another search.

One technology that can be used to find the location of MH370 is the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter or WSPR, which was released in 2008. This technology has been popular among those searching for MH370 in recent years.

Radio amateurs use it to track radio signal strength around the world and the data collected captures anomalies caused by various types of interference, including overflights.

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Former British Aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey said he traced WSPR data to the time MH370 disappeared and concluded the plane was probably between 3,000 and 4,000 meters beneath the Indian Ocean, about 1,500 kilometers off the coast of Perth, Australia. This location had not previously been researched.

“I am confident that MH370 can be found,” he said, adding that his findings were in line with other clues, such as data provided by British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat. The data shows more or less the same area.

Separately, Vincent Lyne, a former researcher at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania, who has published many papers on the topic, also believes the plane’s location is not a mystery.

“The exact location of MH370 is 6,000 meters deep, about 1,500 kilometers west of Perth and along the longitude of Penang,” said Lyne.

How could Godfrey and Lyne be sure of the plane’s exact location when official searches yielded no results? Godfrey and Lyne have a method for determining the final location of MH370 debris.

Godfrey’s efforts included studying WSPR from radio amateurs on the night of the plane’s disappearance. Amateur radio stations continue to send test signals and record the data. When a plane passes a radio signal, the signal will be disrupted. From this disturbance, the whereabouts of a plane can be traced.

“So I went back to March 8, 2014 and downloaded all the signals. There were thousands of them, and I started from MH370’s last known point, determined by radar, and traced its path. My tracking results matched exactly the satellite data for MH370, Boeing data and oceanographic data ,” explained Godfrey.

All these efforts, including combining different data sets, led him to the conclusion that MH370 was 1,500 kilometers west of Perth, Australia.

“The crash location of MH370, determined by WSPR technology, is in a circle with a radius of 30 kilometers and centered at 29.128°S 99.934°E. This area is located 1,560 kilometers west of Perth. Just need one more search in this area and we will find MH370 ,” he said.

Lyne said the plane would be found west of Perth along the longitude of Penang. Penang is the pilot’s hometown and the plane is known to have taken a detour to Panang several hours after going off course, perhaps to have a last look.

“Someone on MH370 was looking at Penang. Someone was looking at Penang for a long time and was full of emotion,” said Captain Simon Hardy, an experienced Boeing pilot, in 2015.

Lyne believed MH370’s exact location and planned flight path had been decoded from information on pilot Shah’s simulator. Similar to Godfrey, Lyne drew on a wealth of information he had sorted since March 8, 2014 that supported his location theory. For example, the 300 kilometer long trail of cloud anomalies corresponds to MH370’s final flight path.

“This happened because the pilot tried to hide by flying in the clouds, but instead left a trail of anomalies that was very visible in five independent satellite images from three satellite passes,” Lyne was quoted as saying detikINET from the BBC.

The biggest challenge according to Lyne is that new theories are generally rejected by officials who are focused on searching in the area known as the 7th arc. The 7th arc is the area, based on analysis of satellite data and modeling, that MH370 is believed to have reached when it ran out of fuel and began its descent.

Lyne said the 7th arc was the wrong location because it was based on the idea that a plane running out of fuel would soon plunge at high speed, but there was not a hint of debris in the area.

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