Yijun Yu wants investigators to send one of the human-free aircrafts to the chaotic Cambodian jungle and land it directly on coordinates revealed by tech expert Ian Wilson.
Wilson claimed to Daily Star Online MH370’s Boeing 777-200 is lying there after his bombshell Google Maps sighting.
And Yu has demanded his theory be put to the test, after he was left stunned no one had sent in a drone yet.
The senior computing lecturer – who specialises in researching aviation software – told Daily Star Online: “The place is on land, so it’s not too costly to get something there to investigate.
“They can send a drone helicopter to that location, it’s not so far away, unlike the Indian Ocean where it’s so hard to find.
“It’s in Cambodia, it’s not so remote, I think it’s worth searching.
“The cost is much cheaper than the ocean was and to clarify this problem, you can at least remove uncertainty”
“The cost is much cheaper than the ocean was and to clarify this problem, you can at least remove uncertainty.
“Several governments have spent a lot of money searching for evidence.
“If you can’t exclude this possible explanation, the cost you spent earlier (in the ocean) may not be good value for money.
“You’ve spent a lot of money on area it may not be. It’s helpful to rule out this possibility.”
Following Wilson’s claim, a group of aviation experts flew a helicopter above the jungle and said they were hovering above his co-ordinates.
The experts said they found nothing, but private investigator Andre Milne – founder of military tech company Unicorn Aerospace – slammed their mission “useless” because they couldn’t get to the ground.
However, it is possible a drone could lower itself onto the exact terrain identified by Wilson and move around.
Yu believes the plane sighting is most likely a jet caught in flight, a theory dismissed by Wilson.
But the Open University lecturer said the Cambodia theory is compelling because we will never know what happened to the Malaysia Airlines flight until the plane or black boxes are found.
Yu told us: “If they get data from the box they can know what the last moment of the flight is. But without that information, everything we have is speculation.”
He added: “The previous theory was it’s in the Indian Ocean. There’s evidence from Inmarsat to say it’s possible.
“This is quite likely to be true, it’s why they started search.
“But after four years of search, they couldn’t find anything, and it reduces people’s confidence in believing the story.
“So it is quite mysterious to see where the story goes.
“You could think of the Cambodian story and Indian Ocean story as two likely stories but you can’t have both true, it’s either this or the other.
“But you can’t have high confidence in believing either, because there are always counter arguments to the other.”
Since Wilson pinpointed the plane to Daily Star Online earlier this month, a Chinese company assembled satellites to the spot to take snaps.
Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co Ltd said there have been no signs of the wreckage so far, but said photos would not be “conclusive” and the only way of testing the theory was for a ground search team to visit.
The Aviation Safety Network – who said the sighting does not fit the profile of any past crashes in the area – also believe Wilson’s sighting is a plane caught in flight.
But Wilson is convinced the object is MH370, and is getting vaccinations so he can trek the site at the start of next month.
The plane measures around 70 metres, slightly larger than the plane’s Boeing 777-200 but with a mysterious gap between the tail and body.
It also lies around 60 miles west of capital Phnom Penh, an area air traffic controllers enquired about following its disappearance.
Malaysian Transport Ministry records show they were even told the plane was in Cambodian airspace at one point, before this was later judged to be incorrect.
The MH370 Safety Investigation Report said radar and satellite analysis determined it flew back across the Malaysian peninsula, then towards the Indian Ocean.
They then conclude it ran out of fuel and crashed into the water west of Australia.
A piece of debris they say is from the plane also washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.
But investigators say they are not ruling out any possibilities, and conceded at the end of a 1,500-page report they do not know what happened to the plane.