MH370 news: Drones to ‘examine jungle crash site’


Video producer Ian Wilson and brother Jack last week pulled the plug on their search for MH370 after saying they almost died on the five-mile trek.

It followed his claim he’d solved the greatest aviation mystery ever by spotting its Boeing 777-200 on Google Maps.

But now some experts called for the site to be re-examined using a drone, which could bypass the jungle hazards that almost cost Mr Wilson his life.

Open University academic Dr Yijun Yu, an aviation software researcher, said a remote aircraft could lay Mr Wilson’s claim to rest.

Dr Yu told Daily Star Online: “Yes (it could be searched with a ground team), but costly.

“My suggestion is sending drones to save the costs. Drones are getting mature these days as we research the operating software, we know their capability.


Ian Wilson Drone hope Cambodia MH370


DRONE: investigators want drones up over the site where Ian Wilson hoped to reach in Cambodia (Pic: DAILY STAR ONLINE/GETTY/GOOGLE MAPS)

Ian Wilson MH370 mission plot


MISSION: Ian Wilson plots his journey (Pic: DAILY STAR ONLINE)


“You don’t exclude one theory until you have sound forensic evidence”


Dr Yijun Yu

“It’s definitely worth trying.”

He added: “You don’t exclude one theory until you have sound forensic evidence.

“Again from our research on digital forensic investigations, a principled search with a warrant would be required so that no one can tamper with the findings.

“You don’t want to end up with yet another ‘finding’ that requires a further investigation of its reliability and integrity.”

Private investigator Andre Milne, founder of military technology company Unicorn Aerospace, also called for a drone to be sent from where Mr Wilson’s mission was halted.

Mr Wilson and Jack had to cross 20 waterfalls that almost swept them away, before coming to one that was ruled a step too far.

MH370 'spotted on Google Maps'


SIGHTING: Ian Wilson claims this is missing flight MH370 (Pic: GOOGLE)

Ian Wilson and Jack Wilson MH370 search


ADVENTURE: Ian Wilson (right) and Jack at the airport in Bangkok (Pic: DAILY STAR ONLINE)

Mr Milne urged a drone to be sent from that exact spot, as modern drones boast stunning capabilities to fly at high altitude and land with accuracy.

He told Daily Star Online: “Mr Wilson simply needs to regroup a tad and use his position on the ground in Cambodia to organise a second examination of the site.

“I propose Mr. Wilson do one of the following: Get a medium range Vertical Take Off and Land (VTOL) drone with a qualified and experienced pilot to launch from that waterfall obstacle and proceed to the site by remote GPS Satcom interface and gather raw surface intelligence by live camera stream to a mobile data hard drive.

“Or team up with the Cambodians who conducted the helicopter search to hover directly above Mr. Wilson’s site and then lower a camera pointing straight down through the jungle top to then get a visual of what is what on Mr. Wilson’s site.”

Since Mr Wilson published his finding to this website, there have been multiple theories.

The Aviation Safety Network (ASN) – who said the area does not fit the profile of any crashes – believe it is a plane captured in flight, a view also held by aviation experts Jeff Wise and Ross Aimer.

But this has been dismissed by Mr Milne, and some have suggested it could be a war plane from the Vietnam war.

Iam Wilson Jack Wilson MH370 search


HOPE: Ian Wilson (right) and brother Jack (left) with Cambodian guides (Pic: DAILY STAR ONLINE)

MH370 'found in Cambodia'


FOCUS: Up close the plane measures close to MH370 at 70metres (Pic: GOOGLE)

Chinese satellite company, Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co Ltd, zoomed in on the site but said because of cloud cover it needed a “professional search team on the ground to lay the claim to rest”.

And satellite company Soar also claimed to have zoomed in on Mr Wilson’s co-ordinates and said they did not find anything.

It went missing in March 2014 during a handover between Malaysian and Vietnamese air controllers.

The official investigation ruled it crashed into the Indian Ocean west of Australia after running out of fuel.

But a four-year search failed to find the jet, although pieces of debris investigators say is from the plane have washed up.

For now, the mystery of the plane is likely to rumble on.

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