Update 29 November 2018
In this update, I’m proposing a whole different scenario to the generally accepted belief of where VH-MDX ended up crashing.
Along with this, I am also presenting many alternative ideas of what may, or may not have happened, in an endeavor to broaden everyone’s thinking to start thinking outside of the square.
Some of this, as you will see, is ‘uncharted territory’ as at this stage it is unproven, but in theory it is highly possible.
Enjoy the read….
I was contacted by a member of a family that once lived north of Stroud with some very interesting information….
On the night VH-MDX disappeared, they were living in a caravan on the side of a hill while their house was being built, when the wind came up from the south, blowing so strong that they were in fear of the caravan being blown down the side of the hill. Consequently, her Dad went outside to tie the caravan down. He yelled out to his wife to come out and have a look as he had just seen the lights of a plane flying very low, go down into a valley across the valley from where they were. He was expecting it to come out again, but it never did. From this, he assumed that it must have crashed in there.
Next morning, he was astounded to hear on the radio news that there was a plane missing in the Barrington Tops!
He promptly got in his car and drove into Stroud to go to the Police Station to report what he had seen, but was saddened when told that the plane they were looking for was in the Barrington Tops and so what he had seen could not have been it.…
Disappointed, he went home again.
Meanwhile, the sky over the Tops was full of activity as the search planes and helicopters spent the week searching for the crash site, to no avail.…
This observer, over the years, along with his brother-in-law, and at other times his best mate and neighbour, did several searches but found it hard going due to the denseness of the bush.
For years they talked about organising a decent search, but unfortunately this never happened. Sadly the observer is no longer with us and tragically passed on with the knowledge of no-one ever taking his sighting seriously... apart from his mate and close family.
Years later, one of his daughters came across this web site and read of my research placing this plane further east than what was the generally accepted crash area at the time, and so she decided to contact me as she felt I would understand and give her family a fair hearing.
As noted in my original article, I had concluded that the plane could have crashed
even further east to where I had calculated the “5000 ft” radio transmission had
occurred, so I immediately became very interested, but first I had to go through
a process of working out the possibility of whether MDX could have made it that far...
and if so, why did it crash?
I then had to balance that with any reasons why it could not.... i.e. was there any other probabilities that could show that it went elsewhere?
To do this, I had to reluctantly revisit all the research I did several years ago - much of what I had long forgotten. I didn’t want to go down this path again, but now had no option....
I figured the easiest way to do this was to involve as many people as possible as I’ve found over the years that the best way is to take advantage of collective thinking.
Everyone 'thinks’ differently to everyone else, so by doing this, it’s possible to get a much broader outlook on a difficult problem.
I’m told that I think “way outside the square”, but like everyone I am still susceptible to getting tunnel vision and focus too much on one thing, and so fail to see the whole 'picture’. Hence the need to have other input to broaden my thinking process.
However, I have found that I do have a natural ability to tie all the information from collective input into what I believe is a very good outcome.
Hence, I got involved with, once again Richard Murray’s blogsite, “The Search for VH - MDX”, and much of what we all discussed on there helped to make the 'picture’ clearer.
MDX pg 32