The precautions are no longer appropriate. Although no detailed analysis has yet been made on the aircraft debris found Wednesday at the meeting, several experts and politicians say it is most probably a wingtip of a Boeing 777 . And, therefore, it could come from the MH370 flight Malaysia Airlines, lost with all hands March 8, 2014 with no definitive explanation has been given.
Vice Malaysian Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaparvi said that Malaysian investigators who examined photos of debris think it might actually be a flaperon – spoiler arranged behind the edge of aircraft wings, pilots operate on takeoff or landing – Boeing 777. “It is almost certain that it is similar to that of a Boeing 777″ , he told AFP. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday that he too had debris “very likely a Boeing 777″ . But he had to see if it came from the MH370 flight.
A mechanic of Air Austral, based in Reunion, was able to observe the company debris investigators and told reporters to be sure 99.9% of it comes right 777, reports the British newspaper The Guardian. According to the same pilot, the 657-BB serial number was written on the metal. Now this number corresponds, according to the nomenclature of Boeing, a flaperon.
According to CNN, investigators interviewed locally Boeing experts by submitting their photos and, according to them, again the consistent elements to affirm that this is a piece of the Boeing 777.
Focus on the debris found off of St. Andrew. (AFP Photo)
On Wednesday, several aviation enthusiasts and experts had auscultated pictures sent by the local media. Among them, Xavier Tytelman, air safety specialist. “A reference is indicated on the debris: BB670, he wrote on his blog. This code does not correspond to the registration of an airplane, or the serial number of a device. By cons, if it belongs to the flaperon MH370, then it is clear that this reference will be identified quickly. In a few days we will have a definitive answer. “ The flaperon, mobile spoiler at the rear of the wing, is used to control the trajectory of the plane. Xavier Tytelman, the similarities between a flaperon Boeing 777 and recovered debris is evident.
With a length of two meters, the debris was found in Saint-André Reunion by employees of an association in charge of cleaning the shore. “This is obviously a very important development, and if it indeed comes from debris of MH370, this will allow families to mourn” , said Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Warren Truss , whose country coordinates the international research in the Indian Ocean to find traces of the plane. “The meeting is very far from the area where the research took place [off Australia, note] but is consistent with what we know about common information and data satellites “, he said.
plane debris found in Saint-Andre, Reunion
The last known contact the plane, one hour after takeoff, was between Malaysia and Vietnam. But communication systems nevertheless have “hooked” several times satellites to replenish its presumed trajectory until its probable drop in the sea south of the Indian Ocean, off the western coast of Australia.
The Office investigation and accidents (BEA) is entered, said Thursday the Prefecture of Réunion. He will be responsible for “coordinate the French and the international investigation survey, conducted in particular by Malaysian and Australian experts” , said the prefecture in a statement. The Malaysian Minister of Transport, Dato Sri Liow Tiong Lai said Thursday from New York have “sent a team to investigate,” on site. This information has not been confirmed locally.
The unit, left for Kuala Lumpur Beijing with 239 people on board, had disappeared one hour after takeoff 8 March 2014. It has not never traced, despite intense research led by Australia in the southern Indian Ocean.