- An Australian mechanical engineer claimed to have found images of the missing MH-370
- He said the doomed plane was on the Mauritian waters and ‘riddled with bullet holes’
- Both the Australian and Malaysian officials denied the claim
More than 4 years since the Malaysian Flight MH-370 vanished into the air without a trace, literally, its mystery continue to elude many aviation experts, not to mention conspiracy theorists.
Just recently, an Australian mechanical engineer and an amateur air crash investigator claimed to have discovered images of the ill-fated aircraft showing its wreckage below the Indian Ocean, just 10 miles off the coast of Round Island in Mauritius.
Peter McMahon said in recent interview he actually found MH-370 by poring over hundreds of Google Earth and NASA images. He further claimed the doomed plane was ‘riddled with bullet holes’.
McMahon said he forwarded his findings to the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB) though emails in 2016 and 2017, but his claimed were dismissed as ‘spurious’.
He went on to say that these information were deliberately hidden from the public by government officials who ‘didn’t want the plane to be found’.
But the ATSB, while acknowledging they received McMahon’s emails, said that at no stage “did the ATSB suggest [McMahon’s] evidence could be the missing flight MH370.”
Moreover, the ATSB said the images sent by McMahon were actually captured in 2009, more than four years before the MH-370 disappeared with 239 people on board on March 8, 2014.
A separate statement from Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai also debunked McMahon’s claim; maintaining that the search location is in the Australian coast, and not in Mauritian waters.
Liow added that the Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) also examined the McMahon images and article and found them to be ‘baseless’.
“Hence the people should not be taken for a ride on the matter. It is important to get the latest updates on our website and mobile application,” said the Malaysian official.