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Man Thinks He's Found Missing Flight MH370 Which On Google Earth

Man Thinks He's Found Missing Flight MH370 Which On Google Earth

The man, who claims to have 25 years experience investigating crashes, made the discovery after scouring images from Google and NASA

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

A man claims to have found the missing passenger plane MH370 on Google Earth after its disappearance four years ago.

The flight, which was carrying 239 people, was travelling to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on 8 March 2014 when it disappeared above the Indian Ocean.

Despite a huge search operation between Australia, Malaysia and China, costing £115million, the plane was not found and the search was officially drawn to a close in January last year.

Now, Peter McMahon, an Australian mechanical engineer, who says he has worked on crash investigations for over 25 years, believes he found the plane using Google Earth.

He says he's spent months carefully looking over images from NASA and Google Earth to try and pin point the missing craft.


And he reckons he's finally spotted what appears to be an outline of a plane, below the surface of the water 10 miles south of Round Island, north of Mauritius.

He told the Daily Star Online he has sent the image to the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau, and says it has confirmed it could be the missing plane.

"Four Americans were sent to Australia to oversee the findings of MH370," he told the Daily Star.

"They have made sure that all information received has been hidden from the public, even our government - but why?"

He also told the news outlet that authorities don't want the plane found 'as it's full of bullet holes', so by announcing its discovery they will be forced to open a fresh inquiry.

In 2015, a wing flaperon washed ashore Reunion Island, off the coast of Africa. Investigators confirmed the piece was almost certainly from MH370. Another piece of debris was found on the coast of Mozambique last year and that was also likely to have been a part of the plane.

The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation created modelling based on how that flaperon made its way to the island and tried to calculate where the plane went down.


Researchers also made replicas of the wing piece and tested to see how it would float depending on the ocean conditions.

Off the back of this, it released a report in which it said: "This new information does not change our earlier estimate of the most probable location of the aircraft. It does, however, increase our confidence in that estimate, so we are now even more confident that the aircraft is within the new search.

"Our earlier report argued that it was where debris was not found that is the key to identifying a fairly precise location of the crash. This aspect of the earlier work is unchanged, other than being reinforced by also considering the trajectories of high-windage items that were probably also within the debris field.


"The only thing that our recent work changes is our confidence in the accuracy of the estimated location, which is within the new search area identified and recommended by the First Principles Review, and most likely at the southern end of that, near 35 degrees south."

According to the Independent, a search area around 35 degrees South is 25 thousand square kilometres north of the original suspected crash zone.

Despite ending the search last year, the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments have said they will reopen the investigation if new credible information comes to hand.

Source: The Daily Star; CSIRO

Featured Image Credit: Google

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