The mystery about missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH 370 which was carrying 239 passengers and crew could be solved as a British aeronautical engineer, who has spent more than a year working on the disaster, thinks he has calculated where MH370 crashed. Richard Godfrey believes the Boeing 777 crashed into the Indian Ocean 2,000km west of Perth, Western Australia. The exact point determined by data calculations is around 33 degrees south and 95 degrees east in the Indian Ocean. The engineer’s new proposal is a circle radius of 40 nautical miles, much smaller than previous searches but the wreckage could lie as far as 4,000 metres deep, behind a cliff or in a canyon on the ocean floor. Mr Godfrey is a founding member of the MH370 Independent Group, and an engineer with a background in building automatic landing systems and autopilot systems for aircraft. His variant is based on a new vision about the data also collected. He combined different data sets that were previously kept in separate domains. “No one had the idea before to combine Inmarsat satellite data, with Boeing performance data, with Oceanographic floating debris drift data, with WSPR net data,” he said.
A huge number of theories as to what happened previously existed. “Any decision to resume the search for the aircraft would be a matter for the Malaysian government, as the state of registry of the aircraft,” the Australian Transport Safety Board concluded in 2017. David Gleave, the chief investigator at Aviation Safety Consultants expects there to be a new search. If the necessary money will exist, the timing and launch of another search will depend on the availability of specially designed equipment and also the sea state.