An amateur MH370 investigator claims the wreckage of the missing plane can still be seen on Google Maps years after he first spotted it.
British sleuth Ian Wilson searched for the Malaysia Airlines plane in Cambodia last year after he claimed to have spotted a Boeing 777-200 using the app.
Daily Star Online understands from Google it is a plane captured in flight.
But Wilson, a video producer, is adamant the figure is a plane pictured at ground level because it remains visible on Google Maps and Earth.
He told us: “I’m on Google Earth a lot, it’s part of my job, I’ve seen planes when I’m doing my own job and they are nothing like that.
“You can’t go to a hill and go, oh look the plane is flying on a hill, it looks like it’s glued to the hill with its tail attached.
“You get a hazy double image. I was very confident that I was going to find the plane, but having not reached it just miles of getting to where I wanted to, it’s really annoying.”
He added: “I do understand if it’s not been changed, but you would have thought they (Google) would have done that.
“You can see on Google Maps the areas around it, blocks of where it’s been updated, and this particular part apparently hasn’t, I don’t know if that makes it more or less suspicious.”
At the bottom of the app the map of the area is dated as 2019.
We have asked Google if this is the date of the latest captured image or if it simply refers to the year the information is being shown.
Wilson says he first spotted the image in 2016, although it later emerged in a YouTube video shared in May, 2014, just months after the jet went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March that year.
Others have suggested it may be an old warplane, although the Aviation Safety Network told us it does not fit the profile of any crashes.
Wilson’s theory is also disputed by how debris investigators say is from MH370 has washed up at islands including Reunion Island and Mauritius since it vanished.
This supports the conventional theory from investigators that it crashed into the ocean west of Australia after running out of fuel, with a pilot suicide mission considered the most plausible explanation.
And their theory comes after extensive satellite analysis.
But Wilson still plans to visit the spot in Cambodia, despite last year’s mission almost killing him and his brother, Jack.
He told us: “It was so dangerous, every time we came to a river, where the waterfall would be crossing, it might only be 10 metres the other side but you’ve got no idea how deep it is, it’s about a foot deep and it goes up past your thighs.
“Then you’re getting brushed away and just thinking, ‘I’ve got to come back this way’, then your climbing over fallen rocks, crawling across them in the end.
“We should have been badly injured, but the guides were good, they would go across first, and pull us up.
“There was one point where we on this really sharp incline, and the ground underneath Jack started to go, and he dived and ended up on a tree branch, and when you’re carrying 15kg on your back, it might have been a different score if it was me.”
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