After more than a year of searching and various theories on what happened to Malaysian Flight MH370, a new discovery in the Indian Ocean may bring the search to an end.
AirLive.net tweeted out this photo of flaps from a plane that were found on Wednesday morning:
— AirLive.net (@airlivenet) July 29, 2015
FOX News reports:
Twitter was aflutter Wednesday, after photos surfaced of what appeared to be a plane flap or wing that had washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island, fueling speculation that it could be from Malaysian Air Flight MH370, which vanished in March 2014.
The debris shown in one photo, “if it is from a jetliner,” looks like a flap and not a wing, according to Jon Ostrower, the aerospace and Boeing beat reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Ostrower noted that a jet like MH370, a Boeing 777, “has a single-piece outboard and a two-piece inboard flap system.”
The discovery was made by employees of a company responsible for cleaning the shoreline of the island, India Today reported. Reunion Island, near Madagascar, is thousands of miles west of the MH370 search area, which covers some 75,000 square miles.
Ostrower also pointed out that the island where the debris washed ashore was significantly far from where the search teams had been looking.
For those of you watching at home, Reunion Island is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY far from where search teams have been looking for #MH370.
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) July 29, 2015
India Today reports, “The initial information suggests that the wing may have remained in water for a long time, since it had collected a lot of sea shells.”
Interestingly enough, Aviation Safety tweeted out a map that indicates that there have been roughly 18 plane crashes in and around the Indian Ocean, so the finding is not definitively MH370.
— AviationSafety (@AviationSafety) July 29, 2015
According to CNN analysts, there is indication that “the airplane part could be from a Boeing 777, and if that’s the case, it’s likely from MH370.”
“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.
CNN safety analyst David Soucie said, “This is from a sudden impact, it looks like to me.”
He also indicated that there is a seal on the top of the part that is “consistent with what I would see on an inside flap on a triple 7.”
Yet, the plane part seems to be white, whereas other analysts pointed out that MH370 would have been coated in zinc chromate, not paint.
Very few 777s have crashed in the Indian Ocean according to reports, so the speculation is high that this is a part of MH370. If so, further searches could be undertaken in the area to find remaining pieces of the wreckage.
The Guardian reported, “online modelling from the University of New South Wales suggests oceanic currents could in 15 months carry wreckage from the MH370 search zone as far as Réunion, off the eastern coast of Africa.”
MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 people aboard.
For more on the history of the various reports regarding Flight MH370, click here.