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A British engineer believes he knows exactly where the MH370 plane is, after the aircraft disappeared in 2014 carrying 239 passengers and crew on board.
The Malaysia airlines flight vanished on March 8th 2014, and British aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey claims he has narrowed down the search area for the aircraft to just 115 square miles.
The plane is thought to have crashed, but with no definitive answer this has never been confirmed and no wreckage has ever been found.
However, now Godfrey believes he has pinpointed the wrecked aircraft's location to 33.177°S 95.300°E and plans to try and find it.
With the latest location data, Godfrey alongside marine robotics company Ocean Infinity are planning a fresh search in early 2023.
Speaking to the Sun, Godfrey said: "Ocean Infinity has come up with new technology which is always a significant advance.
"It's a much smaller area, it allows them to be more efficient, it allows them to go over and back as many times as they want.
"It still should only take a matter of a few weeks, there is a general feeling if we do go back out for another search it will be the last one."
This isn't the first time Godfrey has spoken out using his expertise. In a previous interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Godfrey said: “Everyone has assumed up until now there was a straight path, perhaps even on autopilot. I believe there was an active pilot for the whole flight.”
Godfrey also claimed to have found 'strange' patterns in the aircraft’s journey, including 360-degree turns over the ocean. and an unusual 20-minute holding pattern.
Holding patterns are typically used to keep an aircraft in a specified airspace, usually whilst waiting to land or to proceed. MH370 entered the holding pattern three hours into its journey, according to Godfrey's findings.
These details support one theory about the MH370 flight and one that Godfrey has previously put forward, which is that pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah took the plane off course deliberately.
Discussing the odd flight data, Godfrey told 60 Minutes Australia: "It's strange to me, if you're trying to lose an aircraft in the most remote part of the Southern Indian Ocean, that you [would] enter a holding pattern.
"He may have been communicating with the Malaysian government, he may have been checking whether he was being followed. He may have just simply wanted time to make up his mind, where he would go from here.
“I hope that if there was any contact with Malaysian authorities that after eight years now they'd be willing to divulge that.”
Whilst Godfrey alongside Ocean Infinity might be launching an investigation early next year, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau released a statement earlier in 2022 describing Godfrey’s work as 'credible', but confirming they would not be launching a new investigation.
ATSB Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said: "The ATSB is aware of the work of Mr Richard Godfrey and acknowledges that he is a credible expert on the subject of MH370, but the ATSB does not have the technical expertise to, and has not been requested to, review his ‘MH370 Flight Path’ paper and workings.
"As such the ATSB cannot offer an assessment of the validity of Mr Godfrey’s work using WSPR data.
"The ATSB does acknowledge that Mr Godfrey’s work recommends a search zone for MH370, a significant portion of which covers an area searched during the ATSB-led underwater search."
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