MH370 Is At -22.19, 102.34

…that is, at least part of the plane is at -22.19, 102.34, 1,230 kilometers west of Exmouth, Western Australia. Most of the rest of it is nearby. Fewer than 50 pieces of the plane were recovered after drifting toward the East African coast for more than a year and a half.

Several things about this disappearance are incontrovertible: 1) the pilot put the plane on a 162° heading before crossing the Equator (prior to 20:41 UTC), and maintained that heading hour after hour until it ran out of fuel and crashed four hours later; 2) an unidentified US agency located the debris above Zenith Plateau fairly quickly, but surface search efforts failed to capitalize; 3) Cyclone Gillian moved across MH370’s debris field during the third week of March 2014, and waterlogged or dispersed remaining surface debris.

Whether or not Geomar realized it was at the MH370 crash site in June 2017, social media speculation in late 2020 suggested there was a good chance MH370 had been scanned, purposely or accidentally, by Geomar three years earlier. Part of the connection was sonar imagery published by Scripps Oceanographic in 2019 in a Google Earth plugin, publicly available as “topo_srtm_V2.kml”.

But the plugin was only part of the emerging picture. An independent analysis of Geomar’s 2017 bathymetric data by highly skilled Kongsberg specialists confirmed the existence of “a very shiny object”; and further found that someone (probably associated with Geomar) removed evidence of the wreckage before publishing it to a public access portal. That public access portal was required by Geomar’s funding sources under terms of the contract. [This raises serious questions about Geomar’s liability in falsifying data required by contract. There is no question that the data Geomar made available on its public access portal after October 27, 2020 was incomplete in that it was missing data that had been sent to Scripps and GEBCO. One possible explanation is that Geomar did not realize parts of the MH370 debris field may have been captured in 2017 until brought to its attention by independent reviewers in October 2020. If that is roughly what happened, it suggests the public portal version of the sonar file may have been identical to the one sent to Scripps and GEBCO until alerted to MH370 imagery in late 2020.]

Pin “Z” marks the predicted endpoint of MH370 at 00:19 UTC, March 8, 2014.

Whatever the chronology, momentum for a special voyage to the Zenith abyss appears to have shifted into high gear almost immediately after Geomar was notified of MH370 debris. It may not have been a frenzied effort to coverup the discovery initially, but it became that and more.

In addition to the bathymetric record and the Scripps plugin, a variety of geometric tools, including trilateration and triangulation, were used to predict where the plane was at 00:19 UTC March 8, 2014. The result found that the plane was 123.92° and 4,816.9 kilometers east southeast of the satellite that tracked it, Inmarsat 3-F1. The satellite’s ground GPS at that moment was 0.5311, 64.4643. What appears to be wreckage lies 1.5 kilometers west of that location at a depth of 7 kilometers. Subsurface currents at that location probably explain the slight westward drift of sinking debris.