Eating Crow But Not Yet Conceding Flaperon Found On St. Reunion Means MH370 Is In The Southern Indian Ocean

I’m eating a plate full of crow with a side-helping of humble pie for dessert right now.  I was wrong about the flaperon, found on St. Reunion, just east of Madagascar as French investigators in Toulouse, France, have now deemed the washed up plane part as part of missing Malaysian Flight MH370.  I was following news reports upon which to base my opinions and they were wrong.

What I won’t eat crow or humble pie over just yet, is the fact that no other parts of the plane have been found.  Not one cushion or other piece has washed up anywhere in the world and in the initial days of the missing flight in 2014, there were zero signs of a plane crash in the area authorities had deemed as the area in which it is alleged to have gone down.

Second to that is the idea that there is little doubt that Malaysia mis-handled that entire debacle of a missing commercial plane with 239 passengers and crew aboard from the early stages and long afterwards.

There is doubt as to why Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak was quick to the draw in early days after the plane went missing to announce that the plane had crashed with all aboard dead, in spite of having found no trace of evidence for such a proclamation.

Added to that idea is the fact that long before French investigators had arrived at the conclusion that the flaperon was that of MH370, Razak had made a public declaration that it was indeed from MH370 and all were dead.

A thorough search along Reunion and surrounding areas, revealed no more washed up plane parts or anything else that could be connected to MH370 before concluding their investigation and making their declaration.

There is reason to all that has been done or not done.  The flaperon has been deemed to not have been ripped off in a violent manner or one consistent with the type of crash that had been presumed it had taken.  Razak rationalized it by saying that the plane may have made a soft, belly type of landing and sunken wholly.  That, alone, opens up an entirely different can of worms when it was presumed that there had been foul play in taking the plane and it ran out of fuel, crashing into the Southern Indian Ocean.  To date, I have seen no explanation for the change in theories.

Topping the charts of suspicion is the fact that these flaperons are easily changed, taken off and discarded as well as the noted fact that there’s a shortage, world-wide of Boeing 777 plane parts.

I will still hold onto suspicion that the flaperon found on St. Reunion may have been planted and that the plane is somewhere else other than the Southern Indian Ocean perhaps, used for parts or as a whole.  Either way, something is not right about this entire story and loss.  Information seems to be being covered up and my suspicion is that Malaysian authorities know more than they are letting out to the world.

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  1. I’m sorry, ma’am. The plane is somewhere deep in the Indian Ocean and will take years to find. The resources dedicated depend on the Chinese government, and they aren’t going to let it go.
    The person who drove that aircraft into the ocean knew what they were doing. Let’s put it this way: Air France 447 took two years to find and we knew within 20 miles where it entered the ocean. Best guesses by the world’s top engineers and oceanographers on MH 370 may have us hundreds of miles from where it entered the water. The Indian Ocean averages 10,000 feet in depth.
    The mid-oceans are the most remote places on the planet. It’s quite possibly harder to explore the mid-oceans than Mars. We’re going to find more traces of the aircraft; it’s just going to take a long time.

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    1. I may have to accept that possibility Bittersportspill. I understand the points about the ocean being extremely deep, mountainous as well as rugged, underwater terrain where there are nooks and crannies that are capable of hiding so much that it may never be found. And, of course, you are right about Air France 447, taking 2 years to find in spite of knowing a pretty precise entry point. I will not quibble on those points at all.

      I do, however, find it extremely hard to swallow Malaysian Military radar and all that went with that. Malaysia’s lack of tracking that aircraft, even when it was reported that the plane had not signed in when it should have. Letting the plane go hours without reporting it as missing and in spite of not being able to make communications with it. The very detailed path that radar showed it took over the straits, rounding the northern tip of Indonesia as it did. The extremely controlled measure in which the communications systems were shut down. Lack of debris, oil slicks, even in the immediate days following the plane’s disappearance. The theories as to a “controlled ditch” or 90 degree angle, water entry so as not to cause those. The flaperon, washing ashore on St. Reunion when those parts are regularly replaced and can be gotten rather easily by those in the airlines. The manner in which the worker found that flaperon and called a radio station instead of authorities after thinking of planting a garden around it. Stupidity/ignorance/lack of education, possibly. However, there are so many questions that remain unanswered from within Malaysia and its government that it’s still just as feasible to me that the plane does not sit on the bottom of the Southern Indian Ocean and may have taken a more northern path. Anything is still quite possible in my mind, including the idea that it may be found exactly where it is purported to be and they will find it…or…not.

      I may need to eat a crow entree and humble pie for dessert but, I am not convinced at all that it is where they think it is and possibly not even in the Indian Ocean.

      I thank you for taking the time to respond. I love conversations. 🙂

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      1. Malaysia’s military was asleep, literally when that plane went off the grid. As a matter of fact, so was Indonesia’s and India’s. When whoever commandeered that aircraft turned off the transponder, they knew they were unlikely to be tracked. In fact, even if they were on radar, the aircraft didn’t enter the air defense identification zone of those countries in order to trigger queries from air traffic control. I’m going to suggest only a trained pilot knew how to perform those actions.
        I’m sure the engineers trying to find the aircraft checked out the pings from MH370 hitting the satellite that would have been tracking it, and tried to find the contact point based on those packets.
        Here’s a suggestion for investigators: If one of the passengers had a Thuraya phone and it was on, it could have been tracked all the way across the Indian Ocean to the aircraft’s contact point. Thuraya phones are satellite phones; therefore they aren’t vulnerable to flying out of cell tower range. I’m sure engineers and investigators looked into this possibility as multiple governments are investigating his activity.

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          1. It’s going to be my last reply in this thread. None of those countries really want to give up their radar quality, due to the fact it tells their neighbors their defensive capability. If a country like Indonesia spotted the aircraft on radar, they might be reluctant to say so because other countries in the region are potential adversaries.

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            1. I totally agree with you on this.

              That’s what has me wondering if perhaps, some of those countries were “asleep” and missed something that might lend to the idea that the plane went to a more northernly direction ?

              Writer and technical expert on CNN, Jeff Wise, has wavered back and forth on this case but, watched it over the past 2 years. He’s gone from a skeptical outlook on the idea of a
              Southern Indian Ocean “crash” to one of acceptance of the idea and once again, he’s wavering because of new technical information that he’s been handed through research. He’s gone in quite opposite directions but now, again believes that perhaps, there’s more to this mystery than what we’ve been told or hypothesized. It wouldn’t surprise me. As a matter of fact, I think I’d gamble on it and I’m not a gambling person. All that I can say is that my gut is not sitting well with how the Malaysian government, military and airlines handled this. There’s more to this than we know. Will it ever come out? Maybe, not.

              Or, maybe, I’ve just got a very vivid imagination? LOL

              Bittersportspills, please don’t feel that you have to stop talking about this *IF* you wish to continue talking about it. I’m all for it….even if sometimes, I come off sounding like a conspiracy theorist. LOL I’m only too happy to have the conversations. 🙂

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  2. Would love to know which news reports you were following that lead you to believe the flaperon was not part of MH370, unless you call Twitter or Facebook news

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Victor. It was all over the news as having come from a French newspaper and a Malaysian newspaper which spread throughout mainstream media.

      Here’s the Malaysian Newspaper http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mh370-probe-investigators-look-for-links-to-tie-flaperon-to-missing-plane
      Jeff Wise, an American Aviation Specialist’s piece http://jeffwise.net/2015/08/21/french-report-investigators-cant-link-reunion-flaperon-to-mh370/

      The now, updated version of another article (reflected with the new news but, still there if you read below the updated piece).http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/strange-saga-of-the-mh370-plane-part.html

      And, this one….
      http://www.ibtimes.com/mh370-update-boeing-parts-supplier-unsure-flaperons-link-missing-malaysia-airliner-2076956

      I could go on and list links to dozens of sources but, you’ll get my gist from those. They didn’t come out of my own mind nor, Facebook or Twitter or any other such source… I assure you. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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      1. Jenny, my point was simply that all the news items, including those for which you provided links accurately reflected the view that the French could not yet confirm that the flaperon came from MH370. None stated that it did not.
        The following four extracts are from the links you provided.

        “The working assumption is still that the wing part came from MH370 because it’s a 777 component and there are no other missing jets of that type. ”

        “French investigators are no closer to confirming that the part came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370″

        The prosecutor of the Republic of Paris has stated that there was a “very strong supposition” that the piece belonged to the plane of flight MH370”

        “French authorities examining the flaperon, which is the strongest piece of evidence to surface so far, have not confirmed its origin even after a month of its discovery. Malaysian authorities previously confirmed the flaperon’s link to the missing Boeing”

        None of the above would reasonably lead one to conclude it definitely did not come from the aircraft. However FB and Twitter were full of comments which stated with certainty it did not while repeatedly accusing Najib Razak of lying when he confirmed it was from the aircraft.

        Unfortunately the one piece of debris takes us no closer to resolving the where and why.

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        1. Thank you again, Victor for commenting. 🙂
          You are correct in what you are saying. There was a lot of speculation concerning this piece and confusion. I cannot find the link to the CNN and other news reports at this moment that were saying that the “plate” that should have been on the piece had been removed and therefore, identification or connection to MH370 could not be made. I was also following Jeff Wise who is an aviation specialist/writer who was saying that given that the markings/numbers couldn’t connect the piece to MH370, it wasn’t considered to be part of MH370. In other words, it was more a case of….”until it’s been proven that it IS from MH370…it isn’t,” type thinking. Of course, they have now deemed it to be part of MH370 so, it is. However, there have been all sorts of misinformation from all sources so, it’s hard to decipher what is and what isn’t true.
          Circumstantial evidence

          “French authorities will, in consultation with Malaysia, report on progress in due course,” added the ATSB. Indeed, the judicial authorities remain silent and refuse to comment. According to our information, the experts have found no compelling technical element that would certify 100% that this piece belongs to flight MH370.

          This piece came from the French News…“The expert conclusions are only the technical part of the criminal investigation, which is still going on,” so the case cannot be considered closed. For now all that is certain is that the flaperon, which was transferred from the island of Reunion to Toulouse on August 5, corresponds to a moving part of a wing of the Boeing 777. A representative of the American manufacturer Boeing quickly confirmed that after arriving at the site of the DGA Aeronautical Technical Center in Balma. If the deputy prosecutor of the Republic of Paris has stated that there was a “very strong supposition” that the piece belonged to the plane of flight MH370, which disappeared 18 months ago, that is based on circumstantial evidence.”

          But, you are correct in what you are saying. It really came down to perspective and perception because there was no “proof” at the time that I wrote that piece that it was from MH370. Other articles (again, I cannot spend the time to find them again at this moment) were also saying that plane parts were being changed by airline mechanics and therefore, a Boeing 777 flaperon could have been gotten by many sources.

          But, again….I thank you for commenting and caring to think this through…even correcting me. 🙂

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