Over four years on, and we still don’t know exactly what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In March 2014, the Boeing 777 vanished over the South China Sea, leaving behind nothing but questions.
In early August of this year, after what many felt was an inadequate “final report” by the Malaysian government, France reopened its own investigation (four of the passengers aboard MH370 were French).
The search for truth continues.
And yet, as reported over the last few days, a British man thinks he may have found the ultimate evidence: A Google Maps satellite image of a Cambodian jungle featuring an aircraft with measurements he says are “close to that of a Boeing 777-200.”
Could this be the crash site of MH370?
Visit the coordinates 12.089092, 104.151883 to see for yourself, and you’ll find the image of a singular plane resting among the trees in the Cambodian jungle.
Case closed? Probably not. It’s far more likely, as the Daily Express mentions, that what we see here is an unrelated, and very much intact, aircraft flying over Cambodia at the time the satellite image was taken. Commenters are quick to point out that any plane crashing in the jungle would likely be in pieces, much less visible in such a way on the satellite image.
The plane here (while very blurry) also seems to have a T-tail configuration, which would mean it’s likely not a Boeing 777-200 at all.
However, I’ll add that others believe the plane is, indeed, on the ground. I’ll let you decide what to make of it.
This isn’t the first time someone has claimed to have spotted MH370 on Google Maps (or, more specifically, Google Earth). In fact, while I haven’t checked myself, rumor has it this very same “discovery” has circulated around the ‘net since shortly after MH370 first went missing.
Previously, an Australian “amateur crash investigator” searched over Google Earth and found what looked like the shape of an aircraft, or at least its “main body,” under water north of Mauritius, near Reunion Island.
Reunion Island was also the place where, in 2015, a “piece of wing” washed ashore. According to Reuters, France later confirmed it to be part of the MH370 wreckage. Other pieces of debris were later found in the area.