I have read a few articles where Captain Hardy is quoted as saying he knows exactly where the wreckage of MH370 can be found. Apparently he has done the math. By drawing on his experience as a Bieing 777 pilot and using advanced calculations to determine where the aircraft is resting by utilizing the data transfers to the Immarsat satellite, he hasn't wavered in his conclusions he came to about a year ago. The ATSB has listened to him and his theory, and it just so happens that the ATSB was going to scan the ocean floor in the vicinity of his calculations where the airplane rests on the ocean floor. This area was to start being searched in early December 2015 and would be finished in about 4-8 weeks. It is now February 27, 2016 and guess what folks, the plane still hadn't been found. He was adamant that his theory was correct. I've been searching online articles ever since the search of his defined area came up empty in the hopes that Captain Simon Hardy would come out of the woodwork and explain what his thoughts are as to why he was so certain, only to be proven wrong. He needs to do this. If there's any possibility that he has any credible adjustments in the search to offer, he needs to be vocal about it and discuss it with the ATSB. I am also very interested in hearing what his thoughts are at his assumptions being incorrect as it turns out to being the case. After all, they didn't find the plane in his search area did they?
The ATSB has been conducting the search on the assumption that the plane plunged relatively straight down after running out of fuel with no human inputs at the end of flight. Now they are willing to accept it could have been flown and glided by human input at the end of flight, in the event they don't find it within the 'no human input' search zone. The sad thing about acknowledging this is that no further search scans will be made once the initial search area is complete. This is irresponsible. If there's a good chance that it can be found within the 'glide area' the ATSB must continue to search that entire potential area in hopes of finding it and determining what happened once and for all. If there was a mechanical fault which contributed to this plane crashing, the ATSB owes it to everyone who fly on Boeing 777's on a daily basis.
One last observation: in the summer of 2015, the ATSB released a few sonar images of the floor of the Indian Ocean that they've been scanning. One image in particular prompted a plea from Williams and Associates to revisit the ocean floor where the image was taken and send a remote vehicle with a video cam to identify the anomalies found on the image. Williams and Associates are a US based company who was contracted to look for and successfully found Air France flight 447 which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean enroute from Rio de Janeiro Brazil to Paris France on June 1, 2009. These images, according to Williams, resemble the debris field their sonar equipment picked up which turned out to be the wreckage of AF447 upon closer examination via a high Def camera fitted to a ROV. But for some unknown reason, the ATSB isn't interested in doing this and would rather dismiss the images as geological in nature, ie: rocks on the ocean floor. It just can't understand why the ATSB wants to be so pig headed about this. After spending so much time and money on this search, surely a quick look via camera on an ROV won't break the bank. This is just so damned irrespinsible if them. It's no wonder the lead investigator with the ATSB, Martin Dolan, lays awake at night worrying if they may have missed seeing the plane in the current search. If they continue to disregard images as not being relevant, like what I mentioned above, then absolutely he has a valid concern that they may have missed it. It Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.