Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after 38 minutes of takeoff on March 8 2014 is said to be solved soon.
Launching from News.com.au, a 229-page report released on Wednesday (30/8/2023) said the wreckage of MH370 was likely to be around 1560 km west of Perth, Australia.
These results were discovered by amateur radio technology, the weak signal propagation reporter (WSPR) used by researchers, namely Richard Godfrey, Dr. Hannes Coetzee, and Professor Simon Maskell to help detect and track MH370’s flight path.
“This technology has been developed over the past three years. The results are credible new evidence,” the researchers wrote in a statement, quoted Saturday (2/9/2023).
“These results are in line with Boeing’s analysis and wind direction analysis by the University of Western Australia of debris found in the vicinity of the Indian Ocean,” the statement continued.
Reportedly, when the aircraft crosses amateur radio signals or WSPR connections, the signals are disrupted and the recordings are stored in a global database.
The study used these 125 disturbances to help track the plane’s path for more than six hours after one of its last radio contacts around 6:00 p.m.
The result, Boeing data, Inmarsat satellite and wind direction analysis, showed a “significant multidisciplinary result”, i.e. the same crash site.
“Along with [data tersebut)]a full picture of the final hours of flight MH370 can be compiled,” the researchers said.
“Flight MH370 was directed to the Indian Ocean. The plane crashed because it ran out of fuel […] at some point after the last signal after midnight,” the researchers continued.
Previously, Dr. Westphal first proposed using WSPR to track MH370 in July 2020.
At a depth of 4 thousand meters, the new location proposed by scientists is slightly more northerly than previous estimates by researchers and investigators. In addition, it is likely that about half of the 130 km x 89 km area claimed by the investigators as the crash site has been explored.
Photo: Approximate path of flight MH370, with Sumatra Island at the top right.
Estimated path of flight MH370, with Sumatra Island at the top right.
Aviation expert, Geoff Thomas, said he was optimistic about the report even though it had received a number of rejections.
“There has been some criticism, but this report has gone through a peer-review process. It was compiled over the space of four years and has been reviewed many times,” says Thomas.
“They (researchers) believe that they have found the location where this plane is,” he continued.
The disappearance of MH370 is a dark history for Malaysia Airlines and the world of aviation. Moreover, this incident occurred several months before MH17 was shot down in Ukraine.
Previously, MH370 for the Malaysia route to Beijing departed at around 17.00 local time with 12 crew members and 227 passengers from 14 countries, including 153 people from China.
At around 5:20 p.m., MH370 Captain Zaharie Shah responded to Malaysian air traffic control and said “…contact Ho Chi Minh (…) good night.”
Shortly thereafter, the plane turned “dark” before changing course back over Malaysia. The route is referred to as the opposite direction from the actual flight path.
Major civil and military radar data report MH370 returning across the Malacca Strait and into the Indian Ocean. After about 7.5 hours, MH370 ran out of fuel and then plunged into the sea and was never found.
Several years after the unfortunate incident, as many as 41 pieces of debris claimed to belong to MH370 were found around Madagascar.
During the years it disappeared, MH370 created many conspiracies, such as terrorist hijackings, fires, cyber attacks, being shot down, to claims that the plane was captured by the United States (US). Apart from that, it was rumored that Captain Shah deliberately crashed the plane into the Indian Ocean. In 2018, senior pilot and Boeing 777 instructor, Simon Hardy, claimed that the MH370 crash was the result of a “murder-suicide.”
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