If confirmed, the object found in Mozambique would be the second piece of debris discovered from the MH370.
“I said it was unlikely to wash up north of the equator, that it would either be along the southern part of the West Australian coast or around the eastern Indian Ocean”, Professor Pattiaratchi said.
His discovery, which he passed on to Mozambique authorities, has captured the attention of officials investigating the plane’s disappearance. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Twitter that there was “high possibility debris found in Mozambique belongs to a B777″ but warned against “undue speculation” as the information still needed to be “confirmed and verified”.
The next-of-kin of 12 MH370 passengers from Malaysia, Russia, China and Ukraine today filed a negligence suit against Malaysia Airlines System Berhad (MAS), claiming damages over the loss of family members on a flight to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
Gibson said he didn’t travel to Mozambique specifically to search for the plane.
In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Manna said he connected Gibson with a boat operator nicknamed “Junior”, who took the American to the Paluma sandbank and first spotted the debris there.
In an interview, Gibson said of his search: “I wanted to go out to a place where debris washes ashore from the open Indian Ocean, because of my personal interest, also because it’s a nice trip out to an island”.
But Gibson said he wants “to exercise caution”.
Investigators leading the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 said Friday it will be several days before debris found by a USA adventurer arrives in Australia for analysis by experts.
People who have handled the part, called a horizontal stabilizer, say it appears to be made of fiberglass composite on the outside, with aluminum honeycombing on the inside, the official said. We don’t yet know what this piece is …
The team of experts includes one person from the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation, one person from Malaysia Airlines and one person from the MH370 investigation team.
“If somebody actually found it in the middle of the ocean while they were sailing and picked it up, I would say, ‘Well, that should have some barnacles, ‘” he said.
MAS transferred all its assets and operations to MAB a year ago as part of a restructuring exercise.
He said: “The location of this is consistent with drift modelling for about two years after the debris would’ve started floating … but at this stage we haven’t got confirmation that it is in fact debris associated with MH370″. He recalled that Gibson was emotional after the discovery of the debris.