As Malaysia, China and Australia prepare for talks in Canberra on the next phase of the MH370 search the GeoResonance tip off that it may have found it in the Bay of Bengal has lead to nothing.
Then again, this is also true of the much more soundly based Australia led search of likely impact zones in the Indian Ocean around 1600 kms west to north west of Perth.
Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister and Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein, who will be at the Canberra talks which officially begin tomorrow, has tweeted that vessels from the Bangladeshi Navy have found nothing.
It needs to be said at the outset that the GeoResonance press campaign, which also promoted its capabilities to find missing sunken H-bombs in unquestioning media outlets, raised some interesting implications.
One would be that the Inmarsat satellite traces of the Malaysia Airlines 777, which vanished from normal ATC radars on 8 March, with 239 people on board, were variously fictitious or hopelessly misinterpreted, since they showed that MH370 was airborne for seven hours 38 minutes and eventually flew south into the vastness of the Indian Ocean.
To have come down where GeoResonance claimed to have found mineral traces that might have come from MH370, it either crashed much sooner than that interval, or circled around for hours in what is a fairly busy area for air traffic.
Which in turn might have meant that the unique identifiers for each engine which were transmitting standby signals from the jet to the Inmarsat satellite parked over the east Indian Ocean, in case data from them was to be sent to the maker Rolls-Royce, all had to be faked, or spoofed, or whatever.