MH370: A Subtle Slope

Those viewing geometric graphics here can be easily fooled by the visually-apparent horizontal nature of the link between the 3-F1 satellite’s position at the time of the crash and the Kuala Lumpur Airport. Here are two grabs from Google Earth that show: 1) the satellite and airport a without latitude / longitude grid; and 2) the satellite and the airport with a latitude / longitude grid. Latitude differences are small, but they cannot be ignored when doing the analysis to confirm the plane’s endpoint.

Figure 1
Figure 1: Southeast Asia and Oceania areas without latitude / longitude grid. The satellite’s position at the time of the crash appears to be on a plane with the Kuala Lumpur Airport.
Figure 2
Figure 2: Southeast Asia and Oceania areas with latitude / longitude grid. The satellite’s position at the time of the crash is clearly not on a plane with the Kuala Lumpur Airport. The difference is about 1.2 degrees and must be offset mathematically to create an orthogonal link between the satellite, the airport, and the crash site.