The hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing eight years ago, has been reportedly resumed after new technology was believed to assist locate the exact spot of the jet crash. Richard Godfrey, a British aerospace engineer declared he was able to locate the Boeing 777 aircraft using modern tracking equipment.
Godfrey claims the device uses radio signals to operate as an intrusion detection alarm (IDS) and aid him in his quest to answer one of international aviation’s most vexing riddles.
The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to be discovered at a depth of 3,962 metres on the seabed 1,931 kilometres west of Perth, Australia.
He described the site as a mountainous plateau on the seafloor called Broken Ridge. Southeast of the Indian Ocean is the Broken Ridge, which is home to volcanoes and ravines.
“I am convinced that the incident that happened to MH370 was caused by the pilot, Captain Ahmad Zaharie Shah who decided to change the route of the plane and got rid of it in the most remote location in the world.
“Now with advanced and modern technology, I hope the plane is rediscovered and unravel the mystery that has lasted for eight years,” said Godfrey.
According to the engineer, the new tracking device, known as the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR), works like a network of IDS that detect signals from MH370 satellite communications data from all directions.
Angus Mitchell, the chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, expressed hope that the century’s largest aviation mystery will be solved.
“We are checking all the old data, looking for anything that might have been missed.
“Since the report placed the aircraft in an area that had been searched, we are looking into the data review in collaboration with Geoscience Australia,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell also expressed confidence in Godfrey’s research and described it as credible but refused to give false hope to the victim’s family.
“We have enough data from satellites, we have oceanography, drift analysis, we have performance data from Boeing and now it’s augmented with new technology by Godfrey.
“They all show the same conclusion that the location of the plane crash was at a special point in the Indian Ocean,” he said.
On March 8, 2014, flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur Airport with 239 people on board for a trip to Beijing, China.
The jet vanished without a trace when the air traffic control tower lost communication with it around 40 minutes after it took off.
Since 2014, 33 fragments thought to be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been discovered in six countries, including South Africa and Madagascar, proving the jet fell into the Indian Ocean, according to experts.
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