This Site is dedicated to all those families of the people that have tragically disappeared on flights in and around New Zealand. I only hope that from all the effort in building this site and from all the effort of those taking part in this venture, that it will bear fruit in bringing ‘closure’ to their memories!
My conclusion from all of this is:
*Could the object seen on Google Earth now be further down the mountainside under tons of gravel that can be seen in some of the photos?
*Could it just have been a reflection off rocks?
My gut feeling is that it maybe it was a lump of ice that always thawed out the same way every year due to the channeling of the streams of water coming down the mountainside, but when you look at the dates the images were taken on Google Earth – one in January and one in May – then who knows?
One thing I learnt from all this is to take lots of high resolution photos so that you can examine them in detail by zooming in on them and scrolling up and down and slowly across on a computer screen at a later time. It’s amazing what you see when you do this, as there is just so much that you miss by just flying over, as your eyes can only focus in a very small area at a time. The big thing is though, is you need to try to snap them in some kind of order so that you can identify the spot later. Imagine if you found wreckage on one of your photos but then couldn’t remember where you took it –“horrors”!
After seeing first hand the enormous area and density of the bush, I can very easily understand why the Dragonfly was never found in the official search as it could have easily been flown over dozens of times, and unless the person looking was looking directly at the spot at the correct time, then they would not have seen it.