Aircraft debris being examined – part of Malaysian flight MH370?

Will the mystery finally be solved?

Debris in Indian Ocean checked for MH370 ties.

Apparent airplane debris found off the coast of Reunion island, a French department in the western Indian Ocean, is being examined to see if it is connected to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a member of the French air force in Reunion said Wednesday.

He said the debris — what appears to be a wing flap — has been taken to the island, located about 380 nautical miles off the coast of Madagascar.

Making the determination should be “very simple” because the serial numbers riveted to numerous parts of the plane can be linked to not only the plane’s model, but the exact aircraft, said CNN aviation analyst Les Abend, who flew 777s during his 30 years as a pilot.

It’s too soon to say for sure if these pieces are from the March 2014 crash.

Not sure why Wired contacted TIGHAR to discuss plane recovery since they’ve been claiming they’ve found Amelia Earhart’s plane more times than I can count (and haven’t). I would guess Gillespie makes himself readily available in order to plug his own projects, which is what this piece seems to be.

Regardless, we can’t get hopes up yet. The debris is 4000 miles away from the expected location. But stranger things have happened. The problem is: this may create more questions than answers. We’ll have to see.

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  3 comments for “Aircraft debris being examined – part of Malaysian flight MH370?

  1. Bill D'Arcy
    July 29, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    The currents flows anti-clockwise in the southern Indian Ocean. A likely path from a point southwest of Western Australia (the main search area) to Reunion Island measures 7000-8000 km (or 7-8 thousand meters). The time period is about 16 months (~41 million seconds). So average speed in very round numbers is between 0.15 & 0.2 meters per second.

    This is comparable with Indian Ocean currents. See for example: oceanmotion.org/html/resources/oscar.htm (NASA’a Ocean Motion website). So wreckage turning up 4000 miles away from the search site after 16 months is not very remarkable.

    I remember news footage of debris seen from search aircraft soon after the disappearance, including some suggested to be a wing or part thereof.

  2. Bill D'Arcy
    July 29, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    That’s 7-8 million meters of course.

  3. Adam
    July 30, 2015 at 6:08 AM

    The BBC says it’s premature to associate the part to the crash. The CNN dives straight in and calls it breaking news, and throws this nugget into the hopper that feeds their “24 hour news” coverage of empty speculation and punditry. And to think CNN started off as a serious news channel.

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