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originally posted by: yeahsurexxx
If this is the one. Someone wanted this to be found right now.
The Q is:
What do we miss while looking at this?
Another group of people told Sky News they saw what could have been the same debris a month ago, further up the beach, meaning it could have been floating around the Reunion coast for some time.
The data plate is located on the inboard end of the Flaperon on the outside as per Boeing engineering drawing. It is a metal plate that is bonded/sealed on and not riveted. From the pictures of the inboard end the data plate has fallen off. Everyone keeps talking about a serial number and the data plate would have that information, sorry that direct evidence is gone. Only other method would be to look at part numbers on details that are part of the flaperon assembly. Some metal fittings may have an ID if they don't have sealer on the faying surface covering it. In that case it would more likely be a supplier ID and not a Boeing ID. The composite panels that build the assembly would have supplier IDs as well and would give you the date of manufacture of the details. Its possible the supplier kept a log of which details went into the assembly and that would give you a MFG date of the flaperon assembly.