MH370: Thinking About Visiting Australia or Malaysia?

Think again.

If you are considering a visit to Australia and / or Malaysia, you may wish to read this first.

Fortunately, there are no trains between Kuala Lumpur and any part of Australia. But there are plenty of airline routes from most places on the globe to many parts of Australia. It may also be said, and it is encouraging, that planes seldom crash in that part of the world. But, when they do, an area more than twice the size of India becomes, for all intents and purposes, a Black Hole: no one cares about you; no one will ever hear from you or about you, or find your remains before nature’s housekeepers purge the evidence. And no one will bother to locate flight recorders to find out if said recorders might shed light on what happened to you and your fellow travelers.

Case in point. Malaysia Airlines MH370 crashed 1,200 kilometers west of Exmouth, Australia on March 8, 2014. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located surface debris belonging to the plane almost immediately and duly notified Malaysia and Australia. The plane’s 8-hour flight telemetry is straightforward and precise, and puts the plane exactly where NOAA located surface debris with US satellites. That may be news to many, even now, but that is what happened and there is an extensive audit trail to back it up. Yet MH370 is still officially listed as “missing”… because the government with primary responsibility for the search, Australia, refuses to either confirm or deny that it has independently “visually verified” the plane’s debris field location at the bottom of Zenith Abyss, -7,000 meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean.

Australia was the official search authority because it is responsible for all such searches in a large area spanning three oceans and several minor seas, as shown below. Yet the first thing Australia did was spend THREE YEARS in the Southern Ocean where most Middle Schoolers know enough math and physics to know the plane could not possibly have flown. It is mathematically impossible. The plane would have had to exceed the speed of light to fly a foot father south than it is now resting. Here is a link to a 22 minute Australian Press Conference, held in Canberra, Australia on March 28, 2014. The first few minutes tell the entire story. John Young Presser March 28, 2014

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Figure 1: ICAO Search and Rescue Regions on the high seas worldwide. Southern Hemisphere nations are generally responsible for substantially larger coverage areas due to the relative paucity of land mass (and nations) south of the Equator. The Southern Hemisphere accounts for only one-third of earth’s total land mass.
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Figure 2: MH370 is still listed as missing, but it is not missing. It has not been missing since shortly after it vanished from Air Traffic Control screens in Ho Chi Minh City.

It is true that Australian authorities dipped a net in the water at Zenith for a week or two in May 2014 after sailing to NOAA’s crash location. But Australia didn’t own, rent, beg, borrow, steal, or buy anything that could check the seafloor where the plane ended up seven kilometers below the surface. It is beyond farcical to realize that Australia later claimed to have searched the plane’s crash site when it did not have anything capable of reaching the seabed. Following that silly assertion, Australia spent the next three years searching a strip of seafloor 2,000 kilometers farther south than MH370 could possibly have flown.

A Sordid Chronology

The image below was acquired by a Kongsberg EM-122 Multibeam Echosounder in June 2017 at the bottom of Zenith Abyss, -7,000 meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean. The vessel was the R/V Sonne, operated by Germany’s Geomar, a state-funded oceanographic institution. Australia was notified almost immediately, according to a German technician involved in mapping the 2017 search at Zenith. Presumably, Malaysia was also notified.

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Figure 3: Specular image of MH370 at -7,000 meters acquired by Germany’s Geomar in June 2017 with a Kongsberg EM122 Echosounder. Specular images are reflections off of polished metal. They do not occur in reflections from rocky non-metallic surfaces.

One year after Figure 3 above was acquired, the ocean salvage firm Ocean Infinity struck a deal with soon-to-be-arrested Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak to conduct a “no find, no fee” search for MH370. If successful, the reward was reported to have been about USD $70 million. It is believed, however, that Malaysia’s Razak did not tell Ocean Infinity that the plane’s terminal location was already known… just not released to the public or to the United Nations’ ICAO as required by international agreement.

If the rest of the Ocean Infinity story is correct, the company had zero chance of locating MH370 because Malaysia’s Razak and Australia’s Turnbull stipulated that: the search would be limited to 1) specific areas approved in advance by Malaysia and Australia; 2) the vessel could not disable its AIS to avoid public oversight; and 3) one or more observers from Australia and Malaysia had to sail with the vessel to oversee the effort.

The rest, if all of that is true, was easy. The Malaysia’s and Australia’s on-board representatives had to make sure Ocean Infinity did not try to scan the plane’s known terminal location at Zenith Abyss. As a result, Ocean Infinity ended up eating all of the costs, and getting nothing in return as far as anyone knows publicly. If true, that also appears to mean that no one affiliated with Ocean Infinity was part of the Kuala Lumpur / Canberra ruse to keep it hidden. Figure 4 shows where Ocean Infinity’s vessel, Seabed Constructor, searched from south to north.

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Figure 4: Shown in yellow is the AIS or track Ocean Infinity’s Seabed Constructor sailed in search of MH370. It was within 300 kilometers of the plane’s debris field, but prevented by contract from going farther north.

Then there was nothing further on MH370 until May 12-22, 2022 when Caladan Oceanic was hired by an unknown Australian entity to investigate and document MH370’s crash site. That voyage consumed ten days and nights and the vessel’s coverage of the wreckage is believed to have been extremely detailed. But to this day, nothing has been released from that voyage other than a few still photos that were obviously altered. The image below shows where Caladan’s vessel scanned for days. One of those on the 2021 Caladan Cruise, Alan Jamieson has variously claimed that there is or isn’t plane debris at that location. The scan track confirms he is not being truthful. The same individual has cryptically acknowledged briefing Western Families on the debris field. There is no evidence ICAO or anyone else has been notified as the law requires.

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Figure 5: Sidescan Sonar scan of MH370’s terminal crash site at the bottom of Zenith Abyss by a ten-day Australian-funded effort in May 2021. The plane’s debris has never been publicly acknowledged or disputed. No imagery has been published of the abyssal floor.