Forget the Maldives, forget Diego Garcia, forget the Cambodian jungle — in fact forget the hundreds of bizarre conspiracy theories we have been bombarded with over the past 5 years — for MH370 lies 2000km off the coast of Western Australia.
There is not one shred of evidence to suggest any other location other than where we have been searching and that is the verdict of the world’s real experts on the disappearance of MH370 and all 239 aboard.
Certainly all searchers have found are about 30 pieces of debris but that debris tells us a lot about where it is and what happened.
It tells us MH370 is in the southern Indian Ocean, it impacted the water with considerable force and broke up.
After that impact, the debris that floated was quickly dispersed by the current that took it first north and then west towards Africa.
Heavier parts like engines, undercarriage, the main fuselage sections and wings are on the sea floor.
Experts all agree that MH370 lies just outside the area where the most recent Ocean Infinity search has been conducted, west, north west of Perth.
And Ocean Infinity stands ready to resume the search on a no-fee, no-find basis and says it is better placed to conduct it than it was 12 months ago.
In an interview with AirlineRatings.com OI chief executive Oliver Plunkett said the company had spent an enormous amount of time reviewing and analysing different theories and ideas it had received.
“We look at everything that we’ve been sent because as we said last summer, it is absolutely our intention — if we can — to return to the search,” he said.
“Over time, what we’ve done is very exciting, it’s really proven the technology. We’ve worked hard on our processes, our systems, our procedures.
“Our operation is far, far stronger than it was 12 months ago.”
What is now needed is a complete review and refinement of all the data collected over the past five years by the special group of MH370 experts from all disciplines.
Malaysia and Indonesia need to provide such a group with full disclosure of all military radar.
And Malaysia needs to think again about exonerating Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah from responsibility.
It has said that the captain was a “family man” and that a flight on his flight simulator conducted a few months before the crash did not point to any premeditated plan.
Last year’s sensational revelations by News Corp’s multi-Walkley Award-winning journalist Paul Toohey that Captain Zaharie used Facebook to pursue Malaysian twin-sister models 34 years younger than him in the year before the tragic disappearance of MH370 destroys the claim that he was a family man.
Mr Toohey found that Captain Zaharie, a married 53-year-old, did not bother to conceal his identity, and “openly chased much younger women on social media and risked his career by putting his name to rants against the ruling government, which owned the airline for which he flew”.
Australia’s crash investigator said in its final search report that the way-points on the captain’s computer were recovered after they were erased were from the same flight — not six different flights as claimed by Malaysia.
Incredibly, the final way-point on Captain’s Zahire’s computer is very close to where it is believed MH370 is lying.
Sadly the constant farcical theories about where MH370 is and what happened are tearing at the hearts of those loved ones left behind.
But momentum is building for another search — hopefully next summer.