Debris on Madagascar beach ‘most likely’ to have come from doomed MH370 flight

Debris on Madagascar beach ‘most likely’ to have come from doomed MH370 flight

January 9, 2019

Plane debris that washed up on a beach in Madagscar ‘most likely’ came from doomed flight MH370, according to Malaysian officials.

Five pieces of debris were handed handed over to government officials at the Malaysian Ministry of Transport’s headquarters in Putrajaya in late November.

Relatives of the MH370 victims presented the debris, which was found at Sandravinany, south Madagascar, about three months earlier.

Amateur wreckage hunter Blaine Gibson was with the families. He has found more than half of the debris recovered so far.

A key piece of debris handed over was a floor panel which still had part of a label attached containing the letters and numbers WPPS61.

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’, The West Australian reported.

Mr Gibson said: "Don Thompson, one of the Independent Group investigating MH370’s disappearance, found the actual identification label for the Boeing 777."

Mr Thompson was then able to work out the full suite of characters were BAC27WPPS61, similar to a floorboard label found among the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Malaysian authorities confirmed the analysis.

Mr Gibson said that “locals tell me there are many more pieces of debris washed up but it needs to Malaysia to offer rewards.”

Two extensive searches have not turned up the main body of wreckage.

He believes the main body of the aircraft, which has yet to be found, is most likely just outside the search area.

Mr Gibson previously said "the debris proves two things – that MH370 crashed violently and it almost certainly is in the Southern Indian Ocean".

The Boeing 777 took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 2014 bound for Beijing but disappeared mid-flight, in a mystery which has gripped the world.

There were 239 passengers on board the aircraft at the time.

The passage of time has helped to fuel countless conspiracy theories over what happened to the Boeing 777-200ER and who or what was responsible.

The theories include the plane being hijacked remotely, a rogue pilot deliberately crashing the aircraft into the sea, and a fire breaking out in the cargo hold.

No evidence has been presented by investigators to support any of the theories.

One amateur sleuth has even claimed that Google Maps images show parts of the doomed aircraft in a jungle in Cambodia.

Last year, MH370’s ‘final moments’ were recreated in a documentary showing it plunging into the sea in a terrifying death spiral after running out of fuel.

The National Geographic documentary Drain The Oceans claimed the plane crashed into the water after flying in the wrong direction over the Indian Ocean for six hours.

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