Public Release of Findings

With the gathering of the MH370 families on the fifth anniversary of their loss, a call went out for anyone to step forward who might have information that would help reveal the truth about what happened to the plane. Seeking the truth for the families and everyone concerned has always been the motivation of this work. It is my sincere hope that revealing these explorations for open discussion will move us all closer toward finding that truth.

How Developed

This web server was set up in late 2015 as a way to host data files and reports on the acoustics being sent to the MH370 search authorities. In 2016, it was turned into a WordPress blog on a private subdomain for delivering the informal reports, as an updatable alternative to forwarding around email attachments. The research was delayed through mid-2016 for lack of access to key data. Then updates with new acoustic candidate sites continued through mid-2017 until after the seabed search was suspended.

By the release of official MH370 reports, it was apparent that these acoustic investigations were not considered important to the search area decisions. Presumably too many candidate sites had been suggested, with insufficient supporting evidence for any particular one. Communication channels have been open and responsive in both directions, so credibility didn’t seem to be an issue. The lack of inclusion in official reports may also have been out of kind consideration that this site has been in “stealth mode” to avoid the distractions of news and social media attention.

Since late 2017 the effort has been to narrow the results to the required threshold of credible evidence for a specific location. Draft reports went unpublished with the focus on research leads rather than progress updates. Successive new approaches and refined algorithms kept offering the possibility of further narrowing down the list of candidate sites. Promising research sidetracks have been an intense education, but took more time in narrowing the search. Family medical issues in late 2018 (thankfully solved) took personal priority over work and research.

Now in 2019, an effort has been made to document the useful findings along the way and get them out where experts can consider the implications. The true significance of the different discoveries wasn’t fully apparent until they recently began leading to a common endpoint.

The Java Anomaly candidate site was reported as a possible late implosion to search authorities in January 2017, but it was very far from the priority search area. The single distant hydrophone detection put it too late for an impact, and 40 km west of the 7th arc. It took seismic analysis to pinpoint the location and later establish potential flyby detections near the only two island airports on the waypoint path to a specific site that fits the flight constraints. It will be up to the authorities to explore the new evidence here, evaluate the error bounds, and determine if it meets their criteria for launching a search.

The information on this site was not originally written for a public audience. It does not have the bibliographic format of a scientific publication but the links to references can be expanded as needed. In mind with this release is the Independent Group of expert researchers and others who openly discuss, collaborate, and speculate over solutions based on verifiable facts about missing flight MH370. Their work has been indispensable. It is hoped that these findings and more to come will inspire in-depth research and have a positive influence to eventually locate the plane.

Since the loss of MH370 in 2014, this research has become an avocation that occupied most of my available time. Enduring thanks go to friends, coworkers, and family who have been so patient and supportive of the thousands of hours that went into this quest.

— Ed Anderson