Company says their sciencey handwaving may have found MH370

A company with a mystery technology, GeoResonance, believes authorities have been looking in the wrong place for the missing plane.

Exploration company believes it may have found MH370 – Yahoo!7.

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.

Is GeoResonance on to something? – CNN.com.

“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]

  9 comments for “Company says their sciencey handwaving may have found MH370

  1. Indrid Cole
    May 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    When they finally get tired of looking they should put a bounty on the plane, say $20 million or so, and open it up to treasure hunters and fortune seekers.

  2. IHI Wisdom
    May 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    I would like to see the precise coordinates of the discovery. Then, when the area has been checked out, credit can be given to the group. Of course if nothing is found…. same credit can be considered.

    • May 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      If they believe in the technology they should fund an expedition to find the plane. Once found they will have proof that they can do what they say. Seems simple enough, but I doubt that is what they will do.

  3. Statler Waldorf
    May 1, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    I think the mystery of Oak Island will be solved before the wreckage is found.

  4. John
    May 1, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    We need to remember that behind all this huge mystery there are 100’s of grieving families wanting answers. Real genuine answers. Now!
    I think all serious leads need to be investigated. even some of the less conventional theories.
    I’m no expert, but the lack of ANY wreckage or oil slick (granted it’s a long time line now) being found in the search area is telling me, personally, that the search area is a dud.
    There just seems way too many ‘perfect storm’ scenarios to happen at once for the plane to end up in the southern ocean, unseen, unheard and no wreckage what so ever.

    I’m sure many countries have the capabilities to track the plane. I’m sure the UN could organize some kind of dark room where representatives can leave any important information. Without having to give up the countries identity.

    • One Eyed Jack
      May 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      There just seems way too many ‘perfect storm’ scenarios to happen at once for the plane to end up in the southern ocean, unseen, unheard and no wreckage what so ever.

      Perfect storm?

      Worldwide, there were 30 commercial airline accidents in 2012. http://www.boeing.com/news/techissues/pdf/statsum.pdf

      The airplane was flying a route that is out of radio contact for long stretches. Planes do this every day.

      This is a really big body of water. Finding an airplane in this situation is not just like looking for a needle in a haystack. It’s like looking for a needle buried half a mile underground, below 10,000 acres of hay fields. 70% of the Earth is covered in water and plane fly over it 24/7.

      Not so much a perfect storm as statistically likely.

  5. JC
    May 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    CNN is criticizing a sensationalist claim regarding the missing Malaysian plane? Wow! CNN has aired every possible sensational bit of non-news regarding the plane since the first days. I suppose they are only trying to protect their platform of Woo science being encroached upon as this would risk a drop in their viewership.

    I say aliens took the plane!
    agent j

    • Indrid Cole
      May 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Ha! Last time I turned on CNN they had those two guys in the flight simulator flying through the canyons of the Himalayas like a Star Wars Pod Fighter, demonstrating how it was possible that MH370 could have crashed into Mt. Everest.

  6. SERGIO
    May 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    How can they tell the difference between steel and iron?

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