MH370 Debris Washed Up On Reunion

“Latest news as Malaysia sends investigators to see whether wreckage found on the French Island of Reunion, believed to be a moving part on the wing called a flaperon, comes from missing Boeing 777”
See MH370 search: plane debris ‘almost certainly from Boeing 777’
Barring some elaborate hoax, this is the first finding of actual debris from MH-370. Part numbers visible on the outside of the debris match part numbers in 777 parts lists. Further technical analysis should be conclusive within a few days.

This still does not locate the main wreckage but it may lay to rest all kinds of speculation about the plane going in other directions than the Indian Ocean or making a safe landing somewhere. The only upside to the discovery may be that the flap probably was scraped off by a nice entry into the water rather than a steep dive. That means the remaining wreckage might be in good shape for recovery rather than scattered as a million pieces. In a steep dive the forces of impact shred everything. In a normal glide/belly landing the craft could hang together much better although trailing flaps like this might break off. This could explain why so little wreckage has been found so far. It’s mostly all in a few pieces on the bottom of the ocean.

Reunion has often appeared on this blog being a country with relatively heavy use of GNU/Linux desktops according to StatCounter.

About Robert Pogson

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4 Responses to MH370 Debris Washed Up On Reunion

  1. oiaohm says:
    ram there are many parts around boats that don’t need anti-fouling due to material used. Aircraft due to weight and performance requirements most of them are built out of those materials.

    Boats on the other hard we happily instead of improving the material we put toxic paint on them instead. Ram there are full ships out that never need anti-fouling paint. I understand it being surprising.

  2. ram wrote, “Amazing lack of bio-fouling on a part that is alleged to have been in tropical oceans for months! “

    One report states that the paint used on surfaces provides no “grip” for barnacles/mussels and such. The crustaceans were mostly on damaged/bare spots. They may be able to latch onto just about anything near shores but with wave action they need some traction. To the extent that these things start in shallow waters, their DNA + distribution of ages/kinds may yield some clues about the site of the crash and the path of drift. I’d bet there will be some funding of research on the little fellows promptly. For years, I told my students that opportunities will grow in IT and DNA-tinkering. Now IT is almost ubiquitous and even aviation cares about DNA.

  3. ram says:

    Amazing lack of bio-fouling on a part that is alleged to have been in tropical oceans for months! A true breakthrough in marine engineering, every ship building, boat building, navy, and ocean shipping firm will want some of this!

    Or it is an elaborate hoax. I’m betting my money on hoax.

  4. oiaohm says:

    Unfortunately even if it is confirmed its not helpful finding the other parts of the aircraft. Due to the current patterns that fragment could have got to that island from a aircraft crashing going on the north or south possible route.

    Only thing if that becomes a confirmed fragment mh379 based on what it is will rule out is a safe landing somewhere to being crashed somewhere. Just happens the fragment is a part that if an aircraft losses it while flying it is in major trouble.

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