An MH370 expert who has dedicated a website to the luckless Malaysia Airline aircraft, has said that operations have so far been "fruitless" by spending so much time searching for the missing plane in all the wrong places, the International Business Times reports.
The statement was ventured forth by California-based engineer and pilot Bruce Robertson who mapped out his theories on where the plane and the succeeding searches have gone wrong.
In his website, the Robertson theorized plainly that the plane crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean west of the Zenith Plateau, west of Exmouth Australia. However, finding the plane now would be next to impossible as there does not exist any physical evidence now and that the scope of search involves an ocean floor that is at least 95 percent unmapped.
What adds to the complexity is the fact that there are no equipment as of yet that is powerful enough to deal with the ocean at certain depths.
Robertson writes: "This was the site of the original search in March and April, 2014, due to underwater locator pings being detected in the vicinity. While the ping yield valuable clues as to the MH370's whereabouts, the search area is soon discarded due to some very impressive but difficult to challenge mathematics that turned out to be wrong. Much too much time and money has been wasted on a fruitless search in an area much further southwest, due west of Perth."
Robertson further says that what is needed now is a renewed search, perhaps initiated by the Chinese as they have the greatest stake involved and are the most interested to find their missing countrymen and to demonstrate their technical abilities.
Robertson maintains that the pilots of the ill-fated plane had to deal with an oxygen-fed flash fire that may have originated in the electronics bay. The incident destroys some equipment.
In response, the pilots turn the plane back to the west with intent to descend. However, hypoxia downs them and the plane moves on autopilot into "a very large radius left turn, the exponential spiral path first proposed in March 2014." Robertson maintains that what happened to the plane is a very straightforward one and does not necessitate any major mystery.
Several elaborate conspiracy theories have abounded ever since the MH370 disappeared without a trace en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. However, despite some farfetched theories, some of Robertson's are more sound, having authored his from the vantage point of a pilot.