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Tech Survey Company: Wreckage of Flight 370 May Be in Bay of Bengal

By Courtney Coren   |   Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 03:57 PM

Those who are leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are dismissing claims in a report by a private company that says the wreckage is thousands of miles away from the current search area.

GeoResonance says it believes it found the missing airplane in the Bay of Bengal, not in the southern Indian Ocean where the search operation is currently underway, CNN is reporting.

The main reason the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) is dismissing the claim is because it is so far away from where the group is currently looking and believes the aircraft is located.

"The Australian-led search is relying on information from satellite and other data to determine the missing aircraft's location," JACC said.

"The location specified by the GeoResonance report is not within the search arc derived from this data," the agency stated. "The joint international team is satisfied that the final resting place of the missing aircraft is in the southerly portion of the arc."

However, acting Malaysian Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said it "is working with its international partners to assess the credibility of this information."

GeoResonance director David Pope said he is frustrated that the information was initially disregarded, and he was hesitant to go forward with the company's findings initially.

"We're a large group of scientists, and we're being ignored, and we thought we had a moral obligation to get our findings to the authorities," Pope told CNN.

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GeoResonance explained in a statement that it "is not declaring this is MH370, however, it should be investigated."

The technology that GeoResonance used is for the purpose of "searching for nuclear, biological, and chemical weaponry under the ocean or under the earth, in bunkers," Pope explained.

Pope said the company's findings were sent to officials on March 31, and it sent a full report on April 15, but the information was disregarded.

He hopes that by going public, officials will be forced to take a more serious look at the findings.

Pope said he was contacted on Tuesday by Malaysian officials, who were "very interested, very excited" about what the report revealed.

Inmarsat, the company that owns the satellite that claims it found the plane in the southern Indian Ocean, is standing by its findings and says it is still "very confident" that the plane is in the southern end of the Indian Ocean.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak concluded, based on Inmarsat's data, that the missing jetliner ended up in the southern Indian Ocean at the end of March. A search operation has been going on in that area since that time.

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