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Plane Image on Google Maps in Cambodia - MH370 Speculation


I came across this article today and while it may fuel CT chatter, the article debunks itself. Maybe this just belongs in a Fake News category.
First off, it comes from the New York Post, which should immediately made me wonder whether is as real news, but I clicked it and the lead reads:

There follows a video of a dramatic Google Earth zoom. However, the area is supposedly mountainous forest and the plane appears completely intact in spite of spending years in the jungle after crashing.

Then there is a description of efforts by someone who rented a helicopter to survey the area, and others using Chinese satellite information to look for it. They found nothing.

Admittedly, the article states:
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the article also mentions the "broken tail" in the Google image. In this 2008 video, the very first plane shows the same type of "broken" tail.


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In Google Earth you can scroll back in time, the satellite images from 12/31/2014 and 12/31/2015 do not show a plane. So either this has nothing to do with MH370 or someone took the wreck after the crash and placed it right in the middle of the Cambodian jungle.

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I'm quite fascinated by this (although it pains me to ignore the wash up of debris in impossible places), particularly as there seems to be some Investigative interest in it now.

If you zoom in as close as you can get in 3D mode in Earth Pro, it gives you the option to escape ground view which suggests you're currently on the floor looking at it. It's measurements are close if not spot on for the 777-200, if you take the tail break into consideration and project the length of the wings as if the ends are obscured. The edges of wings and tail do appear greenish when zoomed as though maybe partly covered. What puzzles me is that the tail appears squashed together.


According to the UK Mirror in an article about a specific airplane image that appears to be at the bottom of a lake:

By blending the photos, you can end up with odd artifacts, like planes that appear to be in lakes or jungles. I came across an A320 in a playground in Brooklyn.


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If you zoom in as close as you can get in 3D mode in Earth Pro, it gives you the option to escape ground view which suggests you're currently on the floor looking at it
That doesn’t mean anything. The ground shape in Google Earth is taken from digital terrain models, so any object, no matter how high, will appear to be draped on the ground. (See the example I posted upthread with a plane appearing to fly down the side of a mountain.)


Slightly separate subject, but is a follow-up to @deirdre's Ilyushin video and @Trailblazer's "stunt" plane.

In researching the way Google Earth's automated 3D mapping works, I came across these interesting links that explain quite a bit about these artifacts.

The rainbows are produced by the imaging system taking 4 "images" of the target area, giving moving objects a rainbow, just like Deirdre and Trailblazer showed. Also some interesting information on the sensor arrays and why they produce rainbows.

Another had to do with Google's automatic 3D terrain generator messes up moving and stationary objects (like Trailblazer's stunt plane):