If you follow @MikeChillit in whole or part on Twitter, you probably know I’ve tinkered around with drift patterns in the Southern Indian Ocean off and on. I’ve done that mostly as a reaction to the efforts of others who appear to be deliberately conducting analysis in a way that concludes Australia has been searching in the “correct location” all this time, and the reason it hasn’t found anything is because there isn’t anything to find.
Admittedly, the search for MH370 has been complicated. We don’t have much information about what may have happened, let alone what actually happened.
The following 5 debris photos were posted June 23, 2016 on Jamii Forums . This part was found on a beach east of Tanzania on the island of Kojana. It is easily identified as a flight surface from an aircraft. For the reasons discussed below, we believe it is
the inner 1/3
section of the right outboard flap from
The following people contributed to
understanding of the analysis:
Barry Carlson (Independent Group)
Ge Rijm (JW Blog contributor)
For more than two years an extensive search has been underway for the missing Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines (MH370) in the southeastern Indian Ocean. The first confirmed piece of debris was discovered last July on the island of La Réunion, and since then more pieces of the missing Boeing have been found along the southeast coast of Southern Africa. The question arises whether this additional information can be used to optimize the last remaining months of the extensive and costly search effort.
My immediate response to the Rodrigues item is that, assuming that it is indeed from MH370, it provides another vital indication of the end-of-flight circumstances which could and should inform the ocean bottom search for the wreckage of MH370 and thus the flight recorders. The important thing here is that this is from the interior of the aircraft. The previous four fragments found were parts of the exterior.
Southeast Asian regional carriers are increasingly choosing to implement inflight tracking systems following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 in March 2014.
The only part of the aircraft wreckage that has been found was a wing flaperon that washed up on the shore of France’s Reunion Island in September 2015.
On 3 November the Australian Transport Safety Bureau resumed the deep sea search for the lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Refuelled, replenished and ready to go, the ATSB’s survey ship Fugro Discovery has arrived on station once more in the southern Indian Ocean.
For those seeking a reason to be optimistic following a discouraging 20 months of searching the ocean without a result, there is definite cause for renewed hope this time.
Since it began the search the ATSB has been scrupulously methodical, scanning the ocean floor within a long, slender curved rectangle that encompassed