GeoResonance says its own research has identified several elements consistent with material from a plane – and they weren’t there before the disappearance.
The aircraft, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 and disappeared from radar screens about an hour later, while over the South China Sea. It was due to have arrived in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day.
A multinational search was mounted for the plane and analysis by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch concluded that Flight MH370’s last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia – an outcome later backed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
However, According to Australian news Channel 7 News, the Adelaide-based company GeoResonance says its own private research has identified elements on the ocean floor in the Bay of Bengal consistent with material from a plane.
GeoResonance’s search covered 2million sq km of the possible crash zone, using images obtained from satellites and aircraft.
Scientists focused their efforts north of MH370’s last known location, using more than 20 technologies to analyse the data including a nuclear reactor.
According to company spokesperson David Pope, “The technology that we use was originally designed to find nuclear warheads, submarines. Our team in the Ukraine decided we should try and help.”
GeoResonance experts compared their findings with images taken on March 5, three days before MH370 was reported missing – and they did not find what they had detected at that spot.
“The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370.
“We’re not trying to say that it definitely is MH370 – however, it is a lead we feel should be followed up,” said Pope.
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Another spokesman, Pavel Kursa, added that several elements found in commercial airliners was detected at the Bay of Bengal spot.
“We identified chemical elements and materials that make up a Boeing 777 … these are aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials.”
Six weeks have now passed since the plane disappeared and extensive searches in the Indian Ocean have failed to locate any wreckage.
Earlier today, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted the chance of finding debris on the surface was ‘slim to none’.
He said efforts will not focus on the ocean floor, but GeoResonance believes authorities have been looking in the wrong place.
It started its own search for the missing aircraft on March 10 and staff said they could not believe what they found in the Bay of Bengal.
“Our team was very excited when we found what we believe to be the wreckage of a commercial airliner,” Mr Pope said.
An initial report was sent to authorities while the aircraft’s black box still had two weeks of battery power.
The full report was delivered on April 15.