Kudos to France, the lead investigators in the find of what has been deemed as a “flaperon” from a Boeing 777 plane found on the French island of Reunion, just east of Madagascar. They are daring to put pieces together more thoroughly.
While Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was quick to make what seems now like a premature statement that the plane piece belonging to a Boeing 777 jet found on the shores of Reunion a few days ago, was that of MH370, French investigators in Toulouse, France have only deemed it as a strong suspicion. They have said that more investigation and testing needs to be done and are now searching for more debris that could be tied into a plane.
While many have claimed to have found other pieces of debris and speculated as to what parts it might be, Australian searchers have said that there is nothing that they can see that would appear to have come from a plane.
France has declared that they have no other debris at this time.
If one were a betting person, it might be a reasonable bet for French investigators to look further than one possible piece of the plane, whether or not it has been deemed as part of MH370 for multiple reasons but, not the least of which may include more proof that this piece is not just a possible “plant” or because more debris would be a more conclusive connection to the now, seeming widely accepted hypothesis that MH370 lays in a watery grave somewhere in the Southern Indian Ocean.
Reverse engineering is what seems to be being used during most of this investigation and search. Both searchers and investigators have used unusual methods of tracing the lost plane’s potential whereabouts via satellite data pings not meant to be used to find lost planes as well as this piece of debris, tidal/current charts and back-tracking to a possible place of entry. All of this is based on the raw and rather crude data that British satellite data service company, Inmarsat offered up early into the search for the missing plane. With some math and tweaking, searchers, headed by Australia, have deemed an area to the west of Perth, as the resting grounds for the plane. Several times, they have admitted that they may need more fine tuning in the area they are searching. The latest find on the island of Reunion, now suggests that more adjustments might need to be made but, they figure that they’re in the correct area. That could be true if this flaperon truly did come from MH370 and it’s conclusively proven that the plane did crash into the ocean.
At best, this case reads like a detective novel where the readers seem to know the ending and works backwards, employing unorthodox and formerly unused methods by which to figure it all out. It’s akin to knowing there’s been a crime but, not having much of a clue as to where it happened, why, how, who did it and no body.
Should this turn out to indeed be part of MH370, it only seems wise to not assume that one piece solves the case. Only when tied in with more pieces that are also deemed to be part of the plane, can one fairly conclusively, assume that the plane is where searchers have assumed it to be and even that the plane had indeed crashed with all 239 passengers dead. Beyond that, it’s all still speculation in one of the biggest mysteries in modern aviation and Malaysian officials and especially, Malaysian Prime Minister Razak have some hard questions that need to be asked, requiring precise answers. Bravo to France if this is their intentions because there have been many false leads and finds over the past 515 days now since the plane went missing. There is much more that needs to be answered and perhaps, France is on the right track by being guarded at this point with further searches.
At least, that’s the way that I’m seeing things from My Little Corner of Life.