There has been some dispute as to whether the coordinates shown in the video are over the Andaman Sea or over the Indian Ocean. The dispute centers on whether or not the “8.834301” shown includes a minus sign in front. See, for instance, this thread:

It is easy to demonstrate the video must take place over the Andaman Sea.

At the start of the video, the coordinates shown appear to be

8.834301 93.19492

By the end of the video, the coordinates shown are

8.823368 93.22169

And of course, the video shows the plane flying down and to the right, and the camera pans as well to follow it.

We know the longitude has to be 93 EAST, because this didn’t happen in Central America. And that coordinate has increased, meaning the plane itself must be flying east during the video. This implies, in turn, that the screen is oriented in a typical fashion, with north on the top.

The latitude number decreases, as the plane travels south. The only way this makes sense is if the latitude is in fact 8 NORTH, placing the video conclusively over the Andaman Sea, where the radar first lost the plane, rather than over the Indian Ocean, where the Inmarsat network lost it many hours later. This also conclusively timestamps the video at about 2:30am MYT.

(If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out this post by /u/aryelbcn:

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