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PUBLISHED: Mar 7, 2015 6:54pm

Flight MH370 is in the Bay of Bengal, insists geological survey firm


Rajina Dhillon

Geological survey firm GeoResonance regrets that Joint Agency Coordination Centre chief Marshall Angus Houstan, who was in charge of the MH370 search, never responded to calls by the firm to meet on its findings and the entire search was done in the wrong places from the start.

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 7, 2015:

One year on, geological survey firm GeoResonance still stands by the claim that the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is located in the Bay of Bengal.

Claiming to have done all the research on proving this, it also expressed regret that parties involved in the search never checked that location for the missing plane.

Having first made its claim late last March, the firm maintained that its team of physicists in Europe located “what appeared to be” the wreckage of a modern aircraft that was located approximately 190km south of the Bangladesh coastline, sitting 1,000 to 1,100m from the sea surface.

“GeoResonance’s remote sensing targeted characteristic substances used in the manufacture of a modern aircraft. The waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Sea, the Malacca Strait, the Gulf of Thailand, and the South China Sea were searched.

“To determine the age of registered anomalies, we studied airborne imagery taken on March 5 and March 10, 2014.

“GeoResonance came to the conclusion the source of anomalous signals had appeared in the Bay of Bengal between the 5th and 10th of March 2014,” it said in a statement today.

The firm added that a report on the findings and coordinates identified were then sent to the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), MAS, Malaysian High Commission in Canberra and Chinese embassy in Canberra.

“The black box still had weeks of battery life at that stage. The location was never checked for black box pings, even though it could have been done very fast and cheaply.”

They also regretted that JACC chief Marshall Angus Houstan, who was in charge of the MH370 search, never responded to calls by the firm to meet on its findings and the entire search was done in the wrong places from the start.

Analysing the various claims and reports done on the search in the past year, the firm pointed out several facts that led it to believe that the search was conducted inefficiently.

On Inmarsat’s data, the firm noted past reports as stating that Inmarsat communication link was designed to monitor the operation of Rolls-Royce engines, not to track the position of an aircraft.

“Inmarsat senior vice-president Chris McLaughlin admitted that the Inmarsat data was only a “shot in the dark”, they cited the Sydney Morning Herald.

They went on to cite reports that the black box pings detected by Chinese and Australian vessels previously were tracking beacons either attached to marine animals like sharks or whales, or the vessels themselves.

“MH370 was last seen on Malaysian radar travelling northwest towards India into the Bay of Bengal. Everything else is supposition, based on questionable data and poor decision-making,” stated GeoResonance.

They also questioned Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) chief commissioner and search lead Martin Dolan’s attitude towards the search.

“Dolan has ignored leads and refused scientific presentations to qualify or discount potential leads. The ATSB may have the best intentions, however, the existence of incompetence and ignorance embedded in the authority running the search is obvious,” it stated.

GeoResonance said as its voices were not heard by authorities, going public was the only way to get their message out.

“A year later, the GeoResonance team firmly believes our decisions were highly moral and ethical. We feel proud of our actions.”

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared en route to Beijing, China, on March 8, 2014.

The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 239 passengers when it went missing an hour after taking off from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.



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