The missing Malaysian Airlines jet disappeared in 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board and has not been heard since – there are numerous theories about what happened to the jet
An engineer has claimed the missing flight MH370 was put on hold for 22 minutes in order to achieve a possible breakthrough in the mysterious seven-year search for the aircraft and its 239 passengers.
Richard Godfrey said he made the discovery after tracking the Boeing 777 jet using a revolutionary technology called WSPRnet.
The plane went missing after it took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing, China, on March 8, 2014.
The Malaysian Airlines missing jet went missing with 239 passengers and crew on board and has not been heard since, despite numerous theories about what happened to the jet.
Theories about the disappearance ranged from something as harmless as technical failure to as sinister as mass murder-suicide of Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, the captain.
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Corresponding Airline ratings, Mr Godfrey is now claiming that he had followed the coast of Sumatra, an island belonging to Indonesia, and found that the plane had been put on hold for an extended period of time, Star online reported.
He said he can track an aircraft anywhere, anytime using a number of tools, currently or as far back as 2009. Commenting on his results, the aerospace engineer said: “What I found out without looking for it was that the MH370 was put on hold on the racetrack at around 19:12 UTC.
“I was surprised to find that the MH370 was not only on hold, but that the queue lasted about 22 minutes until 19:34 UTC.”
He added, “The Inmarsat satellite’s BTO and BFO data are perfectly timed, position and track on Jan. [18:28 UTC BTO and BFO], during the SATCOM conversation [18:40 UTC, BFO only] and the 2nd arch [19:41 UTC BTO and BFO].
“When entering the waiting loop, MH370 was 150 nm [nautical miles] from the coast of Sumatra and 40 nm from the 2nd arc. “
The latest development begs the question why Captain Shah, the pilot of the flight or the person who controlled the jet would have put it on hold.
“If the aim of the pilot was to make the MH370 disappear without a trace, why should one waste fuel on holding patterns and fly straight to the most remote area of the Indian Ocean”, the engineer asked himself.
“Victor Iannello and Yves Guillaume’s analysis of Microsoft Flight Simulator data found on Zaharie Shah’s extensive home flight computer setup is a smoking weapon.
“Zaharie Shah simulated a single flight from Kuala Lumpur across the Strait of Malacca to fuel depletion in the southern Indian Ocean.
Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi commented: “The only possible conclusion from the perspective of oceanography and the salvaged debris is that MH370 is in the southern Indian Ocean.
“A total of 33 pieces were found from 16 unrelated people in six counties, with most identified as being from MH370 or a Boeing 777.”
Mr. Godfrey plans to complete his chase to the resting place of his flight by the end of this month.
The last search of the aircraft was conducted in 2018 by marine robotics company Ocean Infinity using unmanned underwater vehicles covering nearly 50,000 square miles, but nothing was ever recovered.