A company with a mystery technology, GeoResonance, believes authorities have been looking in the wrong place for the missing plane.
The company, GeoResonance, says its research has identified elements on the ocean floor consistent with material from a plane.
It started its own search for the missing aircraft on March 10.
“The technology that we use was originally designed to find nuclear warheads, submarines… our team in the Ukraine decided we should try and help,” David Pope from GeoResonance said.
They announced that they found substance with aluminium, titanium, copper, steel alloys and other materials.
The claims are being treated with extreme skepticism. On the site metabunk, Mick West notes the following reasons why the claim is most likely bunk.
- Nonsensical claims such as detecting copper by “electromagnetic fields” from aerial images. However the copper would be behind the skin of the plane, and under 680m of seawater. Hence impossible to detect.
- The company itself has almost no history or internet presence before this story
- They claim to have located a ship, which is still missing
- Their “technology” resembles pseudoscience like dowsing.
- Experts at NASA concur this is nonsense, and likely a publicity stunt.
Experts say they are obligated to check it out [Experts: Claim of possible Flight 370 wreckage obligates a search - CNN.com]. The allegation that the company found something really angers some who know science.
CNN aviation expert Miles O’Brien said GeoResonance’s claims are not supported by experts. “My blood is boiling,” he told CNN’s “New Day.” “I’ve talked to the leading experts in satellite imaging capability at NASA, and they know of no technology that is capable of doing this. I am just horrified that a company would use this event to gain attention like this.”
He called on company officials to offer “a full explanation” for their assertion, which he said appeared to be based on “magic box” technology.
At this point, everyone involved is exhausted and beyond frustration. They leave themselves open to any idea that sounds remotely plausible. But when this claim is examined, it turns out to be nonsensical. The company offered their information to investigators but were ignored. So they went to the press. They have gone public with their conclusions, but not their data.
“And what we do is we look at the nuclei of an atom, copper or nickel or iron. And so we knew we had the tools to search for the plane,” Pope said.
For their search of MH370, the company began by looking for aluminum, which makes up about 70% of the Boeing 777, Pope said.
Once it got a hit for aluminum, it looked for other metals such as titanium, copper, steel, nickel, iron and chromium, he said.
Perhaps they were ignored because there is no foundation for their claims in chemistry or physics. Do they have a new “demilitarized” Soviet technology? Has it been successful before as claimed? Likely not or this demonstration would have been knowledge long before this. Don’t hold your breath.
Tip: Mick West of Metabunk [Follow the discussion about it here]