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Changing Times: MH370: Malaysia's Prime Minister Says Wing Debris Is From Missing Plane

World  (tags: Malaysian Airlines, MH370, Réunion, flaperon, debris, identification, Malaysia, France, Annette Gartland, changing times )

- 1319 days ago -
Najib Razak says he has confirmation that the aircraft debris found on Reunion island last week is from the missing MH370; French authorities are more cautious: there were very strong reasons to presume that the flaperon is from the missing plane


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Animae C (507)
Friday August 7, 2015, 2:39 am
i hope the black box is found.

T.Y. Evelyn

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday August 7, 2015, 7:00 am
One would have thought that ALL parts of an airplane would have serial numbers on them. . .

Roger G (148)
Friday August 7, 2015, 8:31 pm
noted, thanks

Janet B (0)
Saturday August 8, 2015, 12:36 pm

Birgit W (160)
Saturday August 8, 2015, 1:36 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Janis K (129)
Saturday August 8, 2015, 1:48 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 8, 2015, 2:14 pm
yes, this was on TV last week

Angelika R (143)
Saturday August 8, 2015, 3:18 pm
Just heard today again that the French prosecutor stressed there is NO hard evidence that the part found is indeed from MH 370. A "very high probability", as he worded it, isn't hard evidence. Malaysian confirmation may have been premature and once again there is confusion created now. We'll have to wait and see what the forensic analysis may produce.
Thanks Evelyn.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday August 8, 2015, 4:34 pm
Why is it that they don't want to face truth?? They did say that the serial number matched it. I'm saddened that it even happened, but until they find out more, they won't ever know the cause. Thanks Evelyn

Thomas M (8)
Sunday August 9, 2015, 6:51 am
Thanks Razak, I will wait for the scientists and experts analysis of the situation. Peace.

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday August 9, 2015, 7:44 am
My understanding is that further analysis should allow confirmation (probably that it is) but initially the confirmation isn't a serial number matching a specific plane, only that it is the right type of plane.

Meanwhile, from what I've heard, they are now collecting evidence from the Maldives .... where people had reported flotsam being washed up soon after the plane disappeared, but the "experts" dismissed possibility that it might be from MH370. Luckily, it seems that the authorities there stored the stuff that had been washed up, so it hasn't been destroyed, burnt, recycled .... and now is being sent for analysis. Because that would fit with currents etc that brought the flaperon to the Reunion.

The photo of a suitcase found on Reunion, however, seems to me to be unlikely to be from MH370 - hardly any damage after 15 months exposed to sea, waves etc .... ??? Is that possible?

Angelika R (143)
Sunday August 9, 2015, 3:31 pm
That's the remains of a suitcase and it looks pretty damaged to me.

But one thing I found pretty interesting that was presented in our media but hardly anything in the English language press (except for brief mentions in france24 articles) that's these barnacles clinging on the flaperon.
A German scientist is sure to identify them as a species that only exist in the colder waters off the West coast of Australia, suggesting that the aircraft downed in that area or at least that wing part must have layed there for a good while so these shellfish could settle on it.

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday August 9, 2015, 3:42 pm
The suitcase looks ripped up, yet - but colours still strong, & the canvas not as softened up as I would expect if it had been washing around in the sea for 15 + months!

I think we're going to hear more & more curious hypotheses ... I wish they'd find the key parts soon, so a full picture can be pulled together ...

MmAway M (522)
Sunday August 9, 2015, 6:28 pm
I agree with AniMae I hope the Black Box is found...Had to post this from the news at site Evelyn for those that don't click there ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, says he has confirmation that the aircraft debris found on Reunion island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion island is indeed from MH370,” Najib said at a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

“We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on the 24th of March last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

The Malaysia Airlines flight went missing on March 8, 2014. It disappeared from radar contact while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.

In Paris, the deputy French prosecutor, Serge Mackowiak, was more cautious, saying that there were very strong reasons to presume that the flaperon discovered on the Saint-André beach is from the missing plane.

No other Boeing 777s are reported to have crashed in the region.

Mackowiak said confirmation that the flaperon is from MH370 would only come after further tests on the wreckage, which would begin today (Thursday).

The prosecutor said that, because of the flaperon’s technical characteristics (its color and the structure of its joints), representatives of the constructor Boeing had confirmed that it came from a Boeing 777.

The flaperon, which was found by a local council worker, Johnny Begue, was flown to Paris, and was then taken to the Direction générale de l’armement (General Directorate for Armament) near Toulouse for testing.
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