Amateur sleuth claims to have found missing flight MH370 on Google Maps
A British man claims to have found the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 plane while searching on Google Maps, according to The New York Post.
Ian Wilson is an amateur tech-sleuth who claims to have found the remains of the historic aviation mystery after the plane disappeared in 2014 with 239 people on board.
Wilson says he spotted the craft in a high-altitude area of the Cambodian jungle, but experts cautioned the plane could also be the outline of an aircraft flying below the satellite which photographed the area.
Wilson said he was convinced of his findings and hopes to visit the site to help determine if his findings could provide closure for one of the largest mysteries in aviation history.
“Measuring the Google sighting, you’re looking at around 69 meters (226 feet), but there looks to be a gap between the tail and the back of the plane,” Wilson told The Daily Star. “It’s just slightly bigger, but there’s a gap that would probably account for that.”
The Malaysian government released their findings in July which said they still did not know the fate of the passenger jet which went missing on March 8, 2014, after departing Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The 495-page report into the plane revealed the jet was deliberately turned off its course and could not rule out the idea that the plane was hijacked by a “third party.”
Numerous countries, militaries, and private organizations and individuals helped in the search to find the plane, but Wilson said he believes he found the wreckage by simply looking online.
“I was on there (Google Earth), a few hours here, a few hours there. If you added it up, I spent hours searching for places a plane could have gone down.”
“And in the end, as you can see the place where the plane is. It is literally the greenest, darkest part you can see,” Wilson said.
The Bureau of Aircraft Investigations Archives told The Daily Star they were unable to rule out Wilson’s findings based on a Google Earth image dated from 2018.
One theory of the plane is that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah purposefully crashed the plane as an act of murder-suicide, killing the 239 people on board.
But the official safety investigation team has refused to assign blame to any individuals and say the team was unable to determine why the plane charged course and crashed in a mystery location.
Chief investigator Dr. Kok Soo Chon said his team believed MH370 was under manual control and was intentionally crashed.
“We cannot establish if the aircraft was flown by anyone other than the pilot.”
“We can also not exclude the possibility that there’s unlawful interference by a third party,” he said to News.com.au.
He also said the “autopilot has to be disengaged” for the aircraft to be able to deviate thousands of miles from its original course.
He said: “It has to be on manual. We have carried out seven simulator tests, flight simulators, three at high and four at low speed and we found the turn was made indeed under a manual, not autopilot.”
–WN.com, Maureen Foody
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