Apparently this case study is similar to the tragic flight of MH370 in as much as the aircraft flew until fuel exhaustion and then crashed into the sea
KUALA LUMPUR – A new paper investigating the recent loss of a Cessna 551 Citation has confirmed the MH370 WSPRnet tracking, which is expected to lead to a new search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing in 2014, in 2023/4.
“In previous papers, we have successfully detected and tracked both large aircraft such as a Boeing 777-300ER and small aircraft such as a Diamond DA40, in this paper, we analyse the tragic flight of a Cessna 551 Citation II/SP registration OE-FGR, which crashed after fuel exhaustion into the Baltic Sea off the coast of Latvia on Sunday 4th September 2022,” write Richard Godfrey and Hannes Coetzee.
This case study is similar to the tragic flight of MH370 in as much as the aircraft flew until fuel exhaustion and then crashed into the sea. The airspace around the aircraft was cleared of other air traffic over the Baltic Sea with the exception of the fighter jet assigned to follow and observe Cessna.
The authors said that they “have demonstrated how aircraft can be detected and tracked both in the cruise phase of a flight in straight and level flight as well as in the descent phase whilst descending and turning.
The authors also investigated alternative hypotheses and anomalies in relationship to WSPRnet links and said that while the WSPRnet data was noisy, with care it is possible to extract useful information.
“The analysis in the report supports our previous belief that using WSPRnet data to detect and track MH370 in conjunction with Boeing 777-200ER performance data and Inmarsat satellite data provides a reliable method to determine the crash location,” they add.
“The results of the WSPR-based analysis are consistent with previous work by oceanographer Prof.Charitha Pattiaratchi of the University of Western Australia, who performed a drift analysis of the MH370 floating debris.”
“We recommend additional research using the same approach to quantifying the performance of WSPRnet detection and tracking to other aircraft (particularly the Boeing 777 used in the MH370 flight) over longer time periods in the Indian Ocean region.”
“We are grateful to Prof. Simon Maskell of Liverpool University for reviewing our work and making a number of helpful comments and suggestions on our approach and the presentation of our results,” the authors added.
“We would like to express our gratitude to Prof. Charitha Pattiaratchi for his MH370 oceanographic drift analysis, as well as Blaine Gibson and many others who recovered MH370 floating debris items.”
We are grateful to Ocean Infinity for reviewing our work and recommending a new search for MH370 in 2023 or 2024.
“We dedicate this work to the MH370 families and friends, acknowledging their great personal loss and tireless efforts to achieve a new search for MH370’s wreckage.” – AirlineRating.com
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