Aussies ‘dismiss’ Bay of Bengal theory on MH370


KUALA LUMPUR: The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), in an emailed response to FMT, has virtually dismissed claims made by Georesonance, a firm which “deals with the science of precise exploration”, on the search for MH370.

Briefly, the ATSB was asked for its response on four links relating to the Bay of Bengal (BoB), which Georesonance claims may be the final resting grounds for MH370.

ATSB Communications Officer Daniel J.T. O’Malley, from The Operational Search for MH370, assured in the emailed response that “the search has always been directed to the area where the then state of the analysis indicated it was most probable to find the aircraft”.

He added the Australian Government’s work, coordinating the search for MH370, “has always been based on the most rigorous and ongoing analysis of the available data and evidence from all sources”.

The Australian Government through ATSB is leading the search for the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the 7th Arc in the southern Indian Ocean, at the request of the Malaysian Government.

Georesonance struck a note of caution in the series of press statements on the search for MH370.

The note reads: “The world’s media and Australian taxpayers should hold the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to account for their single theory search strategy if it ends the current USD150 million search for MH370 without any success.”

The firm was responding to an article, “Malaysia has bungled MH370 search, says aviation writer” reproduced from the West Australian by FMT on Thursday. Aviation Editor Geoffrey Thomas urged the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), in a comment piece in the West Australian, to either make Malaysia more accountable on the investigation or hand it over to Australia or the US.

The last time MH370 was seen on military radar, said one Georesonance press statement, it was heading north-west from Penang, not south.

All available reports suggest that it remains a mystery where the aircraft with 239 passengers and crew went after the northern tip of Sumatra. What’s known is that the aircraft stopped short of Vietnam on the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route and turned back. Military radar tracked it across the Malay Peninsula, over Pulau Perak, and being at the northern tip of Sumatra.

India has ruled out the BoB as the possible location of the aircraft. “There’s no aircraft there,” said the Indian authorities in one statement after 8 March 2014 when the aircraft went missing.