Andre Milne has heaped intense scrutiny on Google to explain a snap being lauded by truth-seekers as the doomed jet.
It shows the plane captured in Cambodia, with the Google Earth app claimed to show it at a “45-degree angle” in the mountains.
Google Earth enthusiast Matthew Betts captured the image using the app’s 3D option, after forensically examining co-ordinates pinpointed by tech expert Ian Wilson.
Private investigator Milne – founder of military tech firm Unicorn Aerospace – said the latest snaps served as further reason for Google to explain them.
He told Daily Star Online: “It is clearly significant that a separate independent analyst was able to concurrently verify not only the existence of the Cambodian Aerospace image in the Google Maps database, but that the image itself is also subject to the three dimensional algorithms of the overall Google Maps programme.
“This independent, three dimensional discovery by Betts further underscores the legal obligation that Google Maps has to the global community to now explain in detail the forensic origins of the Cambodian Aerospace image”
“This independent, three dimensional discovery by Betts further underscores the legal obligation that Google Maps has to the global community to now explain in detail the forensic origins of the Cambodian Aerospace image, including the exact time and date and by exactly which satellite captured the image.”
Video producer Wilson said he was aware of the new images, and that they fuelled his motivation further to trek the Cambodian jungle in search of the plane.
He is planning to visit the country at the beginning of October, and has already agreed a deal in principe with Cambodia Helicopters to take him to a spot three miles away from the site.
From there, he will be taken to the area by an experienced hiker.
Milne believes the plane has been captured mid-flight – an opinion also held by the Aviation Safety Network and Cambodia Helicopters – but he is still desperate for Google to lay Wilson’s claim to rest.
He added: “I will indeed be following the admirable quest of Wilson’s journey into such a treacherous environment as the Cambodian jungle to find answers to the world’s most dominant mystery.”
The plane on Google Images measures around 70 metres, slightly longer than the 63.7m of MH370’s Boeing 777-200 but with a mysterious gap between the tail and body.
Betts told us: “You can see it clearer on the 3rd Google Earth view.
“It looks like it’s been trying to land on the side of a crater on the side of the mountain.
“It has landed at 45 degrees which could have helped it stay intact.
“I saw the news story and thought I’d take a look as I used Google Earth regularly.
“I’m a strong believer that if you don’t look, you will never find.”
Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, during a handover between Malaysian and Vietnamese air-traffic controllers with the transponder shut down.
Malaysian Transport Ministry records show that air traffic controllers were told the plane was in Cambodian airspace.
And air traffic controllers even enquired about it being in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, around 60 miles east of Wilson’s Google sighting.
But this was later judged to be incorrect.
Investigators later determined that it crashed into the Indian Ocean west of Australia after running out of fuel.
They also found debris they said was from the plane washed up on the coast of Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean.
However, they said they will never know what happened unless either the jet or black boxes are found.