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Mystery Solved? Debris Believed to Be From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 May Prove Plane Destroyed in 'High-Speed Dive'

Debris Believed to Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Found

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Dec. 7 2023, Published 9:07 a.m. ET

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Debris believed to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been found washed ashore on the Antsiraka Peninsula South Beach in Madagascar.

It marks the fourth item purportedly from MH370 to have been found on the same beach, reported.

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In total, 41 pieces of floating debris have been found and delivered to the Malaysian authorities for investigation.

21 of those have been found washed ashore in Madagascar, an island country lying off the south-eastern coast of Africa. Multiple items of purported MH370 debris have been found on the same Madagascar beach on the Antsiraka Peninsula.

The recently discovered item is also similar to other debris that have been found, including a piece of wreckage discovered in Anvil Bay, Chemucane, Mozambique in 2016.

The triangular wreckage, 22 inches in length, was a typical carbon fibre reinforced plastic with a non-metallic honeycomb core.

The most recent debris also had a honeycomb core.

It was uncovered on Nov. 17 last year in the backyard of a local fisherman named Tataly by American adventurer Blaine Gibson, who has made it his personal mission to find debris from MH370.

“He had a large yard full of things he collected washed ashore from the sea,” said Gibson, who concluded it was “certain” to have been from MH370.

“There were buoys and boat parts,” he added, but one piece caught his eye because it had a similar appearance to floating debris from MH370.

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The local, Tataly, told Gibson he’d discovered the item in March 2017 after a tropical storm had passed through the area.

The debris item had barnacles on it when it was found, as a series of extraordinary photos obtained by reveal.

Gibson described the debris as being slightly curved, made of composite materials, white on one side and black on the other side with brown honeycomb in between.

“Tataly did not know what it was, and just said it came from the sea,” said Gibson. His wife used it as a washing board. “Except for the barnacles Tataly said the debris item was in the same condition as he found it in 2017.”

MH370 disappeared from radar on March 8, 2014. With 239 people on board when it went missing, countless theories have followed a tireless search for evidence with one central problem: puzzling unanswered questions.

Gibson provided details of the astounding find to Boeing, the Air Accident Investigation Bureau, an agency of the Ministry of Transport of the government of Malaysia, and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, that country’snational transport safety investigator.

The location where the debris was found was predicted by the University of Western Australia (UWA) oceanographic model, according to aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey, who has dedicated the last nine years of his life trying to solve the greatest aviation mystery of the modern age.

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“The debris item is likely the remnant of the left main landing gear trunnion door,” said Godfrey. “The debris item is almost certain to be from MH370 and is similar to other items of floating debris found in the Western Indian Ocean and subsequently shown to be from a Boeing 777 or more specifically from the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with the registration 9M-MRO used for the flight number MH370.”

Godfrey has studied the debris and concluded:

—The debris item was torn from its fixings and has suffered considerable damage

—The possibility that there is an indent typical of the base plate of an attachment or drive rod indicates that the debris item is likely part of a movable panel

—The slicing damage to the debris item penetrates right through the item and is the result of a significant force

“Whatever the cause of the slicing damage, the fact that the damage was from the interior side to the exterior side of the debris item leads to the conclusion that the landing gear was highly likely extended on impact,” said Godfrey. “The level of damage with fractures on all sides and the extreme force of the penetration right through the debris item led to the conclusion that the end of the flight was in a high-speed dive designed to ensure the aircraft broke up into as many pieces as possible.”

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The crash of MH370 was anything but a soft landing on the ocean, he added.

Further analysis, according to Godfrey, indicated the flaps were not partially extended as would be the case for a sea ditching.

The realistic possibility that the landing gear was lowered shows both an active pilot and an attempt to ensure the plane sank as fast as possible after impact, he said.

“The combination of high-speed impact and extended landing gear show a clear intent to hide the evidence of the crash,” he continued. “The recovered MH370 floating debris speaks to how the plane crashed, and the oceanographic drift analysis speaks to where. Neither can tell us who was flying the aircraft or why. It is hoped that the debris item will undergo a professional examination and analysis leading to an identification and provenance of the item.”

Since the crash of MH370, 33 pieces of floating debris have been found, according to official reports. Eight further pieces have been identified by experts from photos and delivered to Malaysia for investigation, but no official report has even been published.

“Some smaller pieces were not identifiable, but 21 pieces have been subsequently shown to have come from the aircraft registration 9M-MRO [MH370] or were almost certain, highly likely or likely from MH370,” said Godfrey.

These included part numbers, manufacturing records, materials used, paints applied, name plates, stencils, and others all used to analyze the MH370 debris.

Godfrey has theorized there was an active pilot until the end of the MH370 flight and said he believes the pilot may have been disoriented, which can be caused by hypoxia, a state in which oxygen is not available in sufficient amounts at the tissue level to maintain adequate homeostasis.

“To solve the mystery of the disappearance of MH370 we need to find the aircraft and recover the Flight Data Recorder and other evidence from the wreckage,” he said.

Ocean Infinity, a private company, has said it is planning to resume an underwater search for MH370 commencing in late 2023 or early 2024.


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