MH370 has been missing for over four years, and despite search and rescue efforts locating a few pings from the aircraft’s flight data recorder in the Indian Ocean, it has remained unfound.
The Boeing 777 disappeared without a trace on March 8 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 people. A former navy officer and managing director of Daedalus Maritime, an independent maritime operations and marine engineering consultancy, believes he has the answer as to why it was never found. According to Daniel Holland, whilst the pings detected were genuine, they may not have been coming from as close by as originally thought.
He claimed that salt in the water and differing temperatures can affect the pings.
Mr Holland said: “What they were ignorant of the time and only admitted later on, was that they were picking up the pings from the recorder due to convergence zone acoustics due to the northern and southern Indian Oceans.
“What this means is, that the due to the salinity of the sea water and where warm and cold sea water meets it can allow underwater acoustics to be detected hundreds of miles away and make it sound like it is very near.”
The former navy officer claimed that this is a “very common issue” for submariners, especially when tracking targets.