MH370 news: Investigators call for swoop on Google Maps sig…


Video producer Ian Wilson claims he has found the wreckage of the doomed aircraft using Google Maps, as exclusively revealed by Daily Star Online.

It lies around 60 miles west of capital Phnom Penh, an area air traffic controllers enquired about following its disappearance.

And at 70 metres it measures close to the 63.7m of MH370‘s Boeing 777-200, with a mysterious gap between the body and tail.

Following his game-changing spot, a Chinese firm reportedly assembled 10 satellites to zoom in on the area pinpointed by Wilson.

Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co Ltd said there have been no signs of the wreckage so far.

However, Chinese newspaper Global Times reports that the company has still called for a ground search team to explore the spot.


“However, satellite photos alone will not be conclusive, and it will take a professional search team on the ground to lay the claim to rest”


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Its article reads: “Wang Ya’nan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told the Global Times on Thursday that the company will help to verify Wilson’s claim.

“However, satellite photos alone will not be conclusive, and it will take a professional search team on the ground to lay the claim to rest, Wang said.”

Satellite images taken so far showed 76% cloud cover, making it “difficult for optimal imaging satellites to observe what was on the ground”.

The company said it will take more images to get to the bottom of Wilson’s claim.

Private investigator Andre Milne – founder of military technology firm Unicorn Aerospace – has urged Google to explain the image.

He believes the plane has been caught mid-flight – a theory also held by the Aviation Safety Network – but wants the tech giant to re-examine the snap.


Missing flight MH370 claimed to have been found on Google Maps

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CLAIM: Satellites were assembled on a Google Maps sighting

MH370 'found in Cambodian jungle'
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EXAMINED: Space View claim this is the same spot as Wilson’s sighting

Milne told Daily Star Online: “Google has some explaining to do.”

His comments came after a separate Chinese Earth observation company, Space View, examined the area identified by Wilson.

They claimed it showed no signs of the jet, but images were captured markedly higher than Googles’ and the co-ordinates used by the company do not match Wilson’s.

Milne added: “The incorrect coordinates from the Chinese Government satellite search of the Cambodian Aerospace Anomaly now more than ever needs to be verified by Google.

“The swift leadership of the Chinese Satellite Industry has demonstrated to the global community a true commitment to providing real time assistance to the ongoing search for MH370.

“Kudos to Chinese integrity indeed.”

He continued: “Bearing in mind the severity of the international attention now focusing on wanting credible intelligence information on this particular discovery, there is virtually no reasonable excuse for Google to not confirm the authenticity of the Cambodian aerospace vehicle that is within the Google Map database.”

Google marks the object down as an Airbus, but Wilson believes this is a loose estimation.

Daily Star Online has approached Google, which says it will respond to the claims next week, for comment.

Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, during a handover between Malaysian and Vietnamese air-traffic controllers with the transponder shut down.

It was bound for Beijing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysian Transport Ministry records show that air traffic controllers were told by Malaysian Airlines that is was in Cambodian airspace.

Flight MH370 'found on Google Maps'
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MYSTERY: The plane measures around 70 metres

Hoh Chi Minh City controllers even sought confirmation that it was in Phnom Penh, east of Wilson’s sighting.

But this was later judged to be incorrect.

Investigators believe it crashed into the Indian Ocean, and found debris allegedly from the plane off the coast of Indian Ocean island Reunion.

However, they concede they will never know until either the jet or black boxes are found.

Commenting on his findings, Wilson told us: “The Boeing 777-200 is 63.7m in length.

“Measuring the Google sighting you’re looking at around 69 metres, but there looks to be a gap between the tail and the back of the plane.

“It’s just slightly bigger, but there’s a gap that would probably account for that.”

He added: “I just thought I’d have a wander through. I work in digital video so I’m on Google Earth all the time.

“So I was on there, a few hours here, a few hours there. If you added it up I spent hours searching for places a plane could have gone down.

“And in the end, as you can see the place where the plane is. It is literally the greenest, darkest part you can see.”

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