MH370 search: What’s next after debris found?

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Gibson who discovered an aircraft part in Mozambique that may be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 says he initially thought it was part of a much smaller plane.

The plane part Gibson had discovered is believed to be the horizontal stabilizer from an airplane of the same make as MH370.
Gibson said half an hour after they started searching the sandbank, the tour guide spotted the piece lying on top of the sand and quickly called him over.
A Boeing 777 flaperon was found on an island in the western Indian Ocean in July and confirmed by authorities to have come from the ill-fated plane. If the Flight 370 plane is ever found, the wreckage will immediately present a host of new questions before its likely to provide answers about the planes disappearance almost two years ago. “It’s sufficiently similar to a part from a large passenger aircraft, possibly a 777, for us to want to take a close look at it”, Dolan told the AP.
He would take off to Tajikistan and come back with pieces of mortars, for example, or visited Cambodia at a time when few tourists did, Ryan recalled.
We still know nothing and we are all in limbo.
Many next-of-kin accuse the airline and Malaysian government of letting the plane slip away through a bungled response and covering up what caused the disappearance.
A search in the southern Indian Ocean has found no trace of the plane and is expected to end by June.
In this February 28, 2016 image provided by Blaine Gibson and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), a piece of aircraft debris with the words “NO STEP” is photographed after it was found washed up on a beach in Mozambique.
Australia would be in charge of any recovery effort, but because that would involve victim identification and retrieval, it would work closely with Malaysia, which is in charge of the investigation.
An global aviation agreement allows each next-of-kin of passengers on board a plane up to $175,000 in compensation, but a plaintiff filing a lawsuit can seek more. “The Malaysian government has no problem on where the debris will be sent to, what’s important is to identify if the debris belongs to MH370 or not”, he told reporters after officiating the new Kepong MCA building here today.
If the black boxes are recovered, the data recorder should reveal details related to the plane’s controls, including whether aircraft systems that might have helped track the plane were deliberately turned off, as some investigators theorize.
“In any case, it needs to be preserved, brought to the authorities and investigated”, he said.
This Wednesday, Blaine Gibson talked to the local press in Mozambique.
Dr Pattiaratchi had been modelling the possible path of debris based on ocean currents and predictions of where it is believed the plane went down. The underwater hunt of a punishing patch of ocean that has trudged along since late 2014 has thus far come up empty, the stretch of water left to search is narrowing and skepticism of whether crews are looking in the right place continues to grow. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai also said the location of the debris lines up with investigators’ predictions.