The Search for MH370

Serving the MH370 Global Community

MH370 is one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time. Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 was operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft with the registration 9M-MRO. The aircraft departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia on 8th March 2014 just after midnight at 00:41 local time and was scheduled to arrive in Beijing Capital International Airport, China at 06:30 local time.

MH370 never arrived. MH370 was diverted to the Indian Ocean and crashed after 7 hours 46 minutes, around 11 minutes after running out of fuel. There were 227 passengers and 12 crew on board from 14 different nations including 153 passengers from China and 38 passengers and 12 crew from Malaysia. Around 10 million commercial passengers fly every day and the safety of the airline industry relies on finding the cause of this and every other aircraft accident.

In this new case study by Richard Godfrey, Dr. Hannes Coetzee and Prof. Simon Maskell, we use ground breaking amateur radio technology called Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) to detect and track flight MH370. This aircraft tracking technology has been developed over the last 3 years and the results represent credible new evidence in the search for MH370.

From a known radar position, the case study presents 67 positions for MH370 over the next 6 hours 27 minutes of flight, as detected by a total of 125 anomalous WSPR links. The results of this case study align with the previous analyses by Boeing, Inmarsat and the drift analysis by the University of Western Australia of the MH370 floating debris that has been recovered from around the Indian Ocean. In a next step, Prof. Simon Maskell is also developing a variant of the algorithm first developed by DSTG Australia to determine the probable crash location of MH370, but this time modified to incorporate the WSPR data.

The MH370 Flight Path Analysis – Case Study can be downloaded here (37 MB, 232 pages).