On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared during a routine journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board, 12 of which were crew. Today the disappearance still remains a mystery, with the latest report – July 2018 – into the flight revealing no new insight.
Is debris found on Madagascar beach from missing Malaysia Airlines plane?
Plane debris which was found washed up on a beach in Madagascar was “most likely” from MH370 say, Malaysian officials.
There were five pieces of debris handed to government officials at the Malaysian Ministry of Transport’s headquarters in November.
The debris was presented by relatives of MH360 victims and was found at Sandravinany, south Madagascar, about three months earlier.
Blaine Gibson, an amateur wreckage hunter, has found more than half of the debris so far and was with the families.
One piece of debris was key in identifying the origins, as it was a floor panel which still had part of a label attached.
The label bore the code WPPS61 which was important in placing the debris.
The West Australian said that a report from the MH370 Safety Investigation Team said most of the new debris recovered was from an aircraft, and the panel belonged to a Boeing 777, “most likely MH370”.
Mr Gibson said: “Don Thompson, one of the Independent Group investigating MH370’s disappearance, found the actual identification label for the Boeing 777.”
From the partial label, Mr Thompson was then able to work out the full suite of characters were BAC27WPPS61.
This was similar to a floorboard label found among the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and was confirmed by Malaysian Authorities.
Mr Gibson said that “locals tell me there are many more pieces of debris washed up but it needs to Malaysia to offer rewards.”
There have been two extensive searches which have not revealed the main body of wreckage.
Mr Gibson believes the main body of the aircraft is most likely just outside the search area which is why it has not yet been found.
The wreckage hunter previously said: “The debris proves two things – that MH370 crashed violently and it almost certainly is in the Southern Indian Ocean”.
The unexplained disappearance of the aircraft has fuelled dozens of conspiracy theories as time wore on.
These include theories that the plane was deliberately crashed by a rogue pilot, was hijacked remotely and a fire breaking out in the cargo hold.
However, investigators have issued no evidence to support any of these theories.