Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have been found, but one aviation technology expert said he needs another $2 million to locate the wreckage that he believes he has found in the Bay of Bengal.
It has been more than a year since the airplane went missing with 239 passengers and crew on board, and so far a massive search of the Indian Ocean has yet to turn up a single clue about the plane’s final resting place.
But now an aviation technology expert who has been investigating the flight’s disappearance believes he made a breakthrough. Andre Milne claims to have identified wreckage in the Bay of Bengal, which lies between Malaysia and India.
The area falls outside the main search zone for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, but Milne insists that the plane may be located there.
“This area is not being searched,” Milne said.
Milne has started a crowd-funded project hoping to raise the $2 million he said it will take to reach the lost Malaysia Airlines plane.
“I need your help in order to verify one way or another whether this is in fact MH370,” he asked potential supporters. “This disappearance of this aircraft has touched every single person who has heard about it. It touches us all differently.”
Andre Milne is not the only one who believes he may have found evidence the final location of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Milne claims that the plane drifted south, flying past the Maldives before turning back north and crashing into the lower Bay of Bengal.
Residents of the Maldives seem to back at least part of that report. Those living on the island of Kuda Huvadhoo are urging investigators to search in the Maldives, where they believe it may have crashed.
Others have pointed to the Bay of Bengal as a possible resting place for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 after a surveying company located what appeared to be wreckage shortly after the plane disappeared.
“To rule out any other potential lead in this disappearance is completely incompetent when they are relying on data from [global satellite network] Inmarsat which is not complete,” said David Pope, a consultant for the surveying company. “We absolutely welcome this new search being carried out as we would like someone to thoroughly check the Bay of Bengal with autonomous underwater vehicles or remote operated vehicles.
Not everyone believes the theory, however. Australian officials leading the search in the middle of the Indian Ocean say that all available evidence points to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 being within the current search zone.
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