Forensic analysis of debris located on the Antsiraka Peninsula South Beach in Madagascar believed to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 indicates the pilot of the doomed plane may have deliberately plunged the aircraft and its 239 victims into a watery grave.
“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, which in turn supports the conclusion that there was an active pilot until the end of the flight,” said aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey, who has dedicated the last nine years of his life trying to solve what has become one of the greatest aviation mysteries in history.
“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. The crash of MH370 was anything but a soft ditching on the ocean.”
According to a recent Knewz.com report, the slightly curved item — white on one side and black on the other with a brown honeycomb in-between — was found by American adventurer Blaine Gibson in the backyard of a local fisherman.
Barnacles covered the debris, a series of photos reveal.
According to the report, the fisherman and his wife had been using the debris as a washing board for five years.
MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The disappearance of the Boeing 777, which had a total of 227 passengers and 12 crew members, led to an unprecedented search effort that covered areas from the Indian Ocean west of Australia to Central Asia.
Despite the extensive search, the doomed aircraft was never located, making it one of history’s most famous aviation incidents.
Godfrey and Gibson wrote a report on their discovery and provided it to multiple groups, including 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’s national transport safety investigator.
The report's authors compared the item to what was believed to be the right outboard flap of MH370 found on Kojani Island, Tanzania.
Godfrey said the condition of both items suggested MH370 did not attempt to ditch, where the flaps would normally be partially extended.
“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 the high-speed impact designed to break up the aircraft and the extended landing gear designed to sink the aircraft as fast as possible both show a clear intent to hide the evidence of the crash.”
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What’s more, according to Godfrey, the debris is proof the pilot did not follow the normal procedure, as successfully applied by Captain Sullenberger on flight US Airways 1549, in his emergency landing on the Hudson River, to extend the flaps but keep the undercarriage retracted in the up position.
“The ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) concludes in their analysis of the MH370 Outboard Flap that the flaps were not extended. If the undercarriage of MH370 was lowered, then it begs the question why the normal procedure was not followed.
“Obviously if an active pilot did not care about the safety of the aircraft or the resulting damage, then this procedural question is of no significance.”
Godfrey concluded: “The recovered 370 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.”
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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