Two pieces of debris identified by authorities are “almost certainly” from the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 according to Australian officials. However, an independent investigator floated one question that seems to have deepened the mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. According to him, this debris was deliberately planted.
Identification of the two parts from MH370 was achieved through unique stenciling. The two parts were discovered on beaches in Mozambique; the first part was from the tailpipe, while the second from the wing flap.
An assessment of the parts (as seen in the pictures that can be viewed here) revealed that the numbers, letters and font on the parts were different than what they would have appeared coming out of the Boeing factory. Moreover, one of the parts was repainted using a different color, and the other part was discovered in a different place, as reported by BBC.
It has been confirmed that both parts came from a Boeing 777; but no other Boeing 777 has crashed in the Southern Hemisphere, and no airliner has reportedly had parts of it falling off.
According to ATSB.gov.au, the first part, which was found in Mozambique, “was initially identified from a number stenciled on the part (676EB), as a segment from a Boeing 777 flap track fairing (Fairing No. 7) from the right wing (Figure 1). All measurable dimensions, materials, construction and other identifiable features conformed to the applicable Boeing drawings for the identified fairing.”
On the other hand, the second part, which was found in February, around 135 miles away from the site of the discovery of the first part, “was primarily identified from images showing the materials, construction and ‘NO STEP’ stencil, as a segment of a Boeing 777 RH horizontal stabilizer panel (Figure 3). All measurable dimensions, materials, construction and other identifiable features conformed to the Boeing drawings for the stabiliser pane.”
The tragedy occurred on March 2014, when Malaysia Airlines MH370 carrying 239 passengers on board went missing. The airliner was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The missing aircraft has since being searched by three ships scouring the 46,000 square mile search zone. If no new evidence surfaces by the end of this summer, which is when the search is supposed to end, authorities will stop looking.
Jeff Wise, a journalist and an aviation expert, highlighted that these debris found did not contain any sea organisms that should have thrived on it given that the parts supposedly have been floating since the plane’s disappearance two years ago.
He consulted some marine biologists who explained to him that the lack of such organisms suggested that this debris were only floating in the waters for several weeks or even days and not two years. With regard to the MH370 debris, biologists also explained to him that the debris may have landed on the shore and it was only recently that they were pushed back to the waters; hence the lack of organisms.
Wise refused to accept this explanation. “One problem with this scenario is that while we might just about imagine a sequence of events happening to one piece, it seems incredible to imagine it happening to three pieces independently, in different locations and at different times,” he wrote on his website.
“There is only one reasonable conclusion to draw from the condition of these pieces… Since natural means could not have delivered them to the locations where they were discovered, they must have been put there deliberately. They were planted,” he said.
On April 16, Byron Bailey – an aviation expert with 45 years of experience, 26 000 flying hours, RAAF fighter pilot, senior captain for Emirates for 15 years and flew Boeing 777 in the past – wrote a thought-provoking piece for The Australian.
In his piece titled “Malaysia Airlines MH370: Money Wasted For No Logical Reason,” he noted that Martin Dolan, head of ATSB, expressed optimism that MH370 would have been found by now. This optimism, Bailey noted, was despite the fact that for 2 years operatives had been scouring an identified search area in the wrong location.
Bailey believes that MH370 captain Zaharie Shah was the main culprit behind the disappearance of the plane. But why the Australian government wants to cover this up is something that he does not understand. “It is time the heavy hitters of the media demanded an explanation from the government and the ATSB about why they ignored professional aviation advice and wasted two years of time and taxpayers’ money,” he wrote.