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An MH370 expert has pinpointed where the passenger jet crashed into the sea and says China is not to blame.
Mystery surrounds the disappearance of the Boeing 777 on March 8, 2014, after it vanished carrying 239 people en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing.
Investigative journalist Florence de Changy has written a book claiming the plane ended up in the Gulf of Thailand off Vietnam after a "jet, missile or a new laser-guided weapon system" brought it down.
But University of Western Australia Professor of Oceanography Charitha Pattiaratchi has rejected the wild claims.
He rubbished rumours of a Beijing cover-up as he revealed where he believes the Malaysia Airlines flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
The academic told Airlineratings.com that the "only tangible physical evidence that is available to date is the debris from the western Indian Ocean".
He went on: "The only consistent conclusion based on the physical evidence from above is that the MH370 (9M-MRO) ended its flight in the southern Indian Ocean."
A total of 33 pieces have been found by 16 unrelated people in six counties with most being identified as being from MH370 or a Boeing 777.
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Prof Pattiaratchi added: "There is a perception that this debris was planted. There is no evidence for this.
"The locations where the debris would make landfall was predicted by sophisticated oceanographic models.
"These models simulated the surface currents and pathways of debris every hour for more than 18 months."
He explained that previous aircraft accidents have shown that a crash at sea will create a debris field of many thousands of pieces.
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On the allegation that debris in the South China Sea has been collected up, Prof Pattiaratchi said that "for anyone who has experience in looking for objects at sea this is not possible.
"The debris would be spread over a very large area. And it is not possible to collect all.
"We are talking about pieces that are relatively small, often floating just below the surface.
"For example, we deploy satellite-tracked buoys – even having a position to within 20m – we often cannot find the object.
"Based on the debris finds the only explanation is that the crash was in the southern Indian Ocean."
Recent crash analysis suggests that MH370 lies just outside the original search area about 2000km west of Perth, Western Australia.
Prof Pattiaratchi suggests that MH370’s final resting place is slightly north from estimates by the Independent Group, close to an undersea formation called Broken Ridge.
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