Adventurer who found plane part drawn to mysteries

World

Photos of the debris discovered over the weekend appear to show the fixed leading edge of the right-hand tail section of a Boeing 777, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

“The governments of Australia, Malaysia and Mozambique are working together to arrange for the debris to be brought to Australia for examination and analysis by investigators and specialists from around the world”, the spokesperson said.
Mozambique aviation authorities displayed the recovered fragment for the first time on Thursday in Maputo and said they were communicating with Malaysia and Australia over sending the piece for analysis.
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. That matters, Dolan says, because if a pilot wants to control the ditching of an aircraft, he or she is trained to do so while there is still power available to the engines.
A hotel owner in Mozambique says the sandbank where a possible piece of a missing Malaysian airliner was found is in waters with treacherous currents and is not normally visited by tourists.
The plane, which disappeared after inexplicably diverting from its planned Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route, had mostly Chinese, Malaysian and Australian passengers on board.
He said while it was “a long shot” to be in the “right place at the right time” to find debris from the aircraft, Mr Gibson had been “very keen”.
“We haven’t yet located the aircraft but we have a considerable area still to cover – over 30,000 square kilometres – still to go”, Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) told AFP.
Australian officials have seen photographs of the debris and have been in communication with Blaine Gibson, the American man who found the part, said Dan OMalley, a spokesman for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. “Malawi was number 176, Mozambique was number 177″, Gibson said.
The theories and speculations around the fate of the aircraft had left passengers’ kin “deeply unsettled”, and with the deadline nearing, hope to determine the exact cause was also fast dissipating, said Voice 370, a coalition of MH370 kin.
“We don’t know what it is, which plane it is from”.
The debris found on a Mozambican beach is a piece of metal of about one metre in length.
“We believe that they should not throw in the towel, close this case and simply chalk it up as an unsolvable mystery”, the group said in a statement.
“To identify the debris, a capable professional institution is needed, the next step we will contact with worldwide organizations, through diplomatic channels, to find those who have interests in analyzing the debris”, said Abreu.
A piece of the plane was found in Sept previous year on Reunion Island, with Malaysia confirming that it was from the doomed plane. That part, known as a flaperon, remains the only confirmed trace of Flight 370.
“I think, ‘Wow, this looks like it’s from an airplane but it looks like it’s from a small airplane because it’s very light and very thin”.
Australian and Malaysian authorities responsible for the investigation of the disappearance of MH370 have already been in contact with the aviation institute, expressing interests in analyzing the debris, according to Abreu.
“The investigation team from the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department and MAS as well as the special investigation team on MH370 will be sent to Australia for the identification process”, he told reporters here yesterday.