There are many errors of fact in the three-part Netflix MH370 documentary but here are British aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey’s top 10 major ones.
Mr Godfrey has been praised for his groundbreaking tracking of MH370 using WSPR technology which is expected to lead to a new search later in 2023 or early 2024.
Here is the Top Ten.
1. Inmarsat satellite data is captured and distributed in real-time from the ground station and cannot be manipulated or fabricated in real-time in multiple databases.
2. The MH370 floating debris has been confirmed in 8 cases by part numbers, in 6 cases by stencil marks, in 4 cases by Malaysian Airlines System materials, laminates or livery and in 5 cases with conformity to Boeing 777-200ER drawings and specifications.
3. It is not possible to fly the aircraft from the Main Equipment Centre (MEC). You cannot plug into the Airplane Information Management System (AIMS) computer in the MEC and fly the aircraft remotely. AIMS uses four ARINC 629 buses to transfer information. There are 2 cabinets on each plane (left and right). The ARINC 629 bus operates as a multiple-source, multiple-sink system; each terminal can transmit data to, and receive data from, every other terminal on the data bus. This makes it impossible to connect to any part of the system and take over the entire operation of the aircraft remotely.
4. It is not possible to enter the MEC in the forward service area of the aircraft undetected by any of the crew and passengers.
5. The Satellite Data Unit that manages the connection to the Inmarsat satellite system is not housed in the MEC but in an overhead locker in the aft cabin.
6. If the aircraft had flown to Kazakhstan, then it would have been picked up by the military and civilian primary radar systems of India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China.
7. Blaine Gibson, Johny Begue, Schalk Lückhoff, Neels Kruger, Liam Lotter, Milson Tovontsoa, Rija Ravolatra, Eodia Andriamahery, Jean Dominique, Suzy Vitry, Barry McQade, Jean Viljoen and others have found 39 items of debris, which have been confirmed or are likely to have come from MH370. That these items of debris were flown intact to Kazakhstan, then subsequently damaged to simulate a crash, then subsequently exposed to marine life for a month and finally planted in 27 locations in 7 countries for 14 different people to find, is preposterous nonsense.
8. Blaine – a lawyer – has travelled to 185 countries and speaks 6 languages fluently including Russian. This is not proof of anything suspicious. It is public knowledge that Blaine worked on various government-sponsored projects between the US and Russia from 1998 until 2005. This included the US independent verification of the Russian reform of the Atomic Industries Enterprises (including the Atomic Weapons Program), which was based in the closed Russian Nuclear Cities of Snezhinsk, Zarechny and Obninsk. Blaine was based in Washington DC and Seattle but travelled extensively to Russia. Blaine has not travelled to Russia in the last 15 years. This is not proof of anything suspicious.
9. A Tomnod satellite image of debris in the South China Sea analysed by Cyndi Hendry is not proof that the debris was from MH370. No debris from MH370 has been found in the South China Sea.
10. The Copilot’s mobile phone was detected by a tower at the BBFARLIM2 base station at Bandar Baru Air Itam on Penang Island at 17:52:27 UTC. An aircraft without an active transponder was detected simultaneously by the civilian primary terminal area radar for Penang Airport and RMAF Butterworth Airbase. We have the raw data from both the mobile phone detection and civilian radar. The radar trace shows an aircraft turning back over Malaysia which aligns with the radar trace of MH370 up until both transponders were switched off.