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Flight MH370 found: GeoResonance finds plane wreckage, is it Malaysia Airlines?

GeoResonance, a company that uses technology to find nuclear, biological and chemical weaponry under the ocean, might have found missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. As GeoResonance reports on its website, “we have successfully applied our technology to locate submersed structures, ships and aircraft.” On Tuesday, April 29, the Australian company told CBS News in a statement that with the help of its advanced technology, it has found materials that belong to the “wreckage of a commercial airliner."

Flight MH370 found: GeoResonance finds plane wreckage of Malaysia Airlines jet?
Photo by Rufus Cox

If the wreckage is that of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet Flight MH370, has not been determined yet. Boeing 777 airplanes are made from about 70 percent of aluminum. After the disappearance of Flight MH370 on March 8, the Australian land and sea survey company tried to help by using its technology to look for vast amounts of aluminum in the ocean. After finding aluminum, the company continued to look for other metals and minerals that might belong to an aircraft including titanium, copper, steel, nickel, iron and chromium – and it found enough of the materials to determine that they belonged to a commercial airliner.

In order to find unusual metals and minerals in the ocean, GeoResonance used anomalies of multispectral images in different areas of the ocean before and after the disappearance of Flight MH370. The images, taken between March 5 and March 10, led the company to the specific area in the Bay of Bengal because on March 10 it found materials that were not there on March 5.

The area where the wreckage of a commercial airliner was found is located about 118 miles south of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal. Before everyone’s attention was turned towards the southern Indian Ocean, the British satellite company Inmarsat had provided data to the Malaysian government saying that the final seven "pings" recorded from the plane to the satellite indicated that Flight MH370 had taken two possible flight paths – one heading south into the Indian Ocean, the other heading north toward the Bay of Bengal.

GeoResonance told Malaysian Airlines officials about their finding of a possible aircraft in the Bay of Bengal on March 31, many days before the black box batteries would have expired. However, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that “based on new analysis of that data, Inmarsat and the lead investigators,” the government determined that Flight MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

According to the CBS News report, “Inmarsat Vice President Chris McLaughlin said the decision to focus the search for the missing jet solely in the southern corridor was made by the Malaysian government and its search partners, not Inmarsat.” One of the reasons that GeoResonance announced its findings publicly on Tuesday is that despite several emails and phone calls to the official searchers, the company had received no response.

David Pope, the director of GeoResonance, said that his company’s goal was to find the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, not to gain public attention. As reported by CNN, Pope said “he did not want to share the findings publicly at first, but it was possibly the only way to get heard. We're a large group of scientists, and we were being ignored, and we thought we had a moral obligation to get our findings to the authorities," he said.

Now that Malaysia’s acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein is forced to respond, he is saying that Malaysia “is working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information" provided by the technologically advanced company. On the same day GeoResonance released the findings, “Malaysian officials reached out and listened to a 1½-hour technical presentation by his [David Pope’s] team.” Why didn’t Malaysia listen before?