For a self proclaimed expert in maritime research who claimed to have detected the possible wreckage of MH370 in satellite images of an archipelago near Mauritius, Mike Chillit should have paid more attention to such fundamentals as the rise and fall of tides.
And intellectual property.
Overnight, the water has literally gone out from under him for the most basic of errors, as his claims, lapped up by an incautious media, have been revealed to be parts of well known shipwrecks on the St Brandon Islands, also known as the Cargados Carajos shoals, which have been settled for decades, if not centuries.
The MH370 sleuth, who has presented himself as a ship tracker Mike Chillit based in New Jersey, has also been charged with plagiarism by Richard Godfrey, a member of the IG or Independent Group of scientists, in this paper posted on the archive site of IG member Duncan Steel, which has been widely circulated by a third member Victor Iannello.
In short, the IG appears to be very interested in Mr Chillit doing the decent thing, and admitting he used other people’s work, and then screwed it up anyhow. The evidence assembled by Mr Godfrey is devastating to Mr Chillit’s credibility.
Mr Chillit, in turn, has been one of those possibly under qualified, but demonstrably vociferous critics of the work of the ATSB led search for the sunk wreckage of MH370, and has even recently accused The Guardian news site of plagiarising his work.
Mr Chillit needs to sort this out, and perhaps extend his apologies to those next of kin and other affected parties who may have been misled by the various positions he has taken in recent times.
No doubt he would agree that the MH370 mystery is overpopulated by loud mouthed rent seekers who have no real idea what they are talking about.