Researcher claims to have solved MH370 mystery with new, missed evidence

  • MH370 has been missing for ten years, with the fate of its 239 occupants unknown
  • One researcher claims he has figured out where the plane ended up
  • Malaysia’s Transport Minister has said he would reopen investigations if credible evidence were presented

Published on Jul 10, 2024 at 1:12 PM (UTC+4)
by Ben Thompson

Last updated on Jul 11, 2024 at 12:31 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

It’s been 10 years since MH370 went missing, and sometimes it feels like we’re no closer to a resolution.

When Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8 2014, it left the world stunned.

The collective fate of the 239 people onboard has been a source of speculation ever since.

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Is the mystery of MH370 closer to being solved?

It’s possible that the decade of mystery could be coming to an end.

A researcher has claimed to have found a piece of evidence which could pinpoint the exact location of the missing aircraft.

Vincent Lyne, a former researcher at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, believes he has the answer.

His theory is that the plane is inside a ‘deep hole about 1,500km west of Perth’.

How has he come to this conclusion?

It’s based on the plane’s fuel.

A Pilot-in-Command flight simulator for a Long-Range Boeing 777-200LR had been recovered which showed two simulated tracks, which diverge from the official track of MH370’s journey.

At the time it disappeared, MH370 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing in China.

Speaking to the Express, Lyne said that his theory is the ‘the only theory that reconciles all evidence, has uncovered new satellite evidence of debris streaming out from the location and uncovered the riddles in the simulated track’.

This comes as the Malaysian Transport Minister has said that new search operations will be considered if credible information about its location is presented.

The simulations of MH370’s flight path

For MH370 to have reached the hole near Perth, simulations would have been necessary to calculate how much fuel would be needed.

Lyne said: “It needed to be done in secret because if the simulation was of the actual track and investigators found that track on the home simulator, it would lead them to the location of MH370.”

He is suspicious of the fact that simulations appear to have been modelled on a Boeing 777-200LR, when the MH370 flight was on a Boeing 777-200ER.

The latter model has lower range than the former.

Although Malaysian Airlines doesn’t have the 777-200ER in its fleet, it could have calculated the conversion of fuel loads from one plane to another to run an accurate simulation.

On whether or not his theory would prompt further investigation, Lyne said: “At this stage, there are many who are pitching their theories to Ocean Infinity and the Minister.

“Despite my confidence, my advice to them is them is that they need to form an international science review group to review all theories and to provide advice on the next search.”

This is just one of many theories that have been flouted in recent months.

In May, an expert came forward and claimed he had spotted the wreckage of MH370 in the Cambodian jungle.

Only time will tell if any of these theories lead towards the truth.

Let’s hope that one day the families of those lost get closure.


Ben Thompson

Ben got his start in journalism at Kennedy News and Media, writing stories for national newspapers, websites and magazines. Now working as a freelancer, he divides his time between teaching at News Associates and writing for news sites on all subjects.