Expert claims they have discovered wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Google Maps

  • Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished in March 2014, with 239 passengers aboard
  • Despite several extensive searches the plane has never been found
  • Now a tech expert claims to have spotted the wreckage of the plane on Google Maps

Published on May 30, 2024 at 11:54 AM (UTC+4)
by Claire Reid

Last updated on Jun 13, 2024 at 6:36 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

A tech expert believes he may have spotted the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Google Maps. 

The Boeing 777 plane set off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, on March 8 2014 with 239 people onboard. 

However, shortly after take-off, the plane vanished off the radar and has not been seen since. 

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A huge multinational search operation involving Malaysia, Australia, and China was launched, but in 2017 the suspension of the underwater search was announced.

Alongside this, US-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity also made two attempts at finding the plane without success. 

All of this means that, although a 1,500-page report into the incident was released – officials still don’t know exactly what happened to the doomed flight. 

Earlier this year, Malaysian transport minister Anthony Loke said the country may begin a renewed search for the plane. 

Speaking at an event to mark the tragedy’s anniversary, Loke said: “The Malaysian government is committed to the search, and the search must go on.” 

Loke said that Ocean Infinity had made a new offer – on a ‘no find, no fee’ basis.

Once the proposal was accepted by Malaysian officials, the transport minister said he hoped to engage with Australia in cooperating in the search.

In the years following the disappearance, numerous experts have provided theories on how the flight actually vanished – but, as yet, no one has shared conclusive proof. 

Just last year, a pair of aviation experts claimed they could find MH370 in ‘days‘ following new leads.

Now, tech expert Ian Wilson has said he believes he’s found the wreckage of the plane in the Cambodian jungle on Google Maps.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “I was on there [Google Earth], a few hours here, a few hours there.

“If you added it up I spent hours searching for places a plane could have gone down.

“And in the end, as you can see, the place where the plane is. It is literally the greenest, darkest part you can see.

“Measuring the Google sighting, you’re looking at around 69 meters, but there looks to be a gap between the tail and the back of the plane.

“It’s just slightly bigger, but there’s a gap that would probably account for that.”

If Wilson’s claims turn out to be correct, it would bring some long-awaited closure to the families of the victims.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist who hails from the UK but is now living in New Zealand. She began her career after graduating with a degree in Journalism from Liverpool John Moore’s University and has more than a decade of experience, writing for both local newspapers and national news sites. Across her career she's covered a wide variety of topics, including celebrity, cryptocurrency, politics, true crime and just about everything in between.