NEW YORK – Michael Hoebel, an American pilot has joined the latest series of claims by individuals to have found the untraceable wreckage of the missing airline MH370, almost 52 days after the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board and the Boeing 777 aircraft was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Hoebel, a 60-year-old pilot from New York, says he has spent hours searching the images available on the portal TomNod.com that has attracted millions around the world to join the search online and in remote search operation.
The New York pilot informed his hometown news channel WIVB that the MH370 was lying underneath the Indian Ocean, off the northeast coast of Malaysia, which is west of Songkhla in Thailand.
The debris, at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, appeared to be in one piece, as per the image that was taken few days after the alleged crash, he said. “I was taken aback because I couldn’t believe I would find this,” he told WIVB.
Heobel has insisted that the missing Boeing 777 matched in its dimensions with the debris he found, while comparing the satellite images. He said the length of the object found was bigger than any shark with its measurement of 210ft.
The pilot said he has informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Transportation Safety Board about his findings.
Meanwhile, an Australian company GeoResonance, based in Adelaide, said it carried out its own hunt for MH370 and its staff believe that the potential wreckage was in Bay of Bengal, about 5000 kilometers away from the current search region.
The staff of GeoResonance said they explored 2,000,000 square kilometers using satellite and aircraft images to examine the data obtained from their search area, including the use of nuclear reactor.
The company said its staff compared the data with the images taken on March 5, three days prior to the disappearance of MH370. “The wreckage wasn’t there prior to the disappearance of MH370. We’re not trying to say that it definitely is MH370, however it is a lead we feel should be followed up,” said David Pope, company’s spokesman.
Australian News Channel 7News quoted the company representative sayng that their research was backed up by identification of “chemical elements and materials that make up a Boeing 777 … these are aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials.”