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The engineers are pulling their hair out trying to work out what on earth could have happened to the plane.
It has already been more or less established that it didn't come from MH370 at all.
Writing in New York magazine, he says the "goose barnacles" found on the object can only survive underwater and their distribution suggests the flaperon spent several months submerged.
In his latest work, Wise speculates that the barnacles could be accounted for by "as-yet-unidentified natural processes" or "purposeful intervention by conspirators". He notes that "the implausibility of it all is quite maddening" but says "when it comes to MH370, maddening and implausible are par for the course". Not to mention red herrings. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced in early August that it had been "conclusively confirmed" the part was from MH370, only to be contradicted immediately by the French, who said they needed to undertake more tests.
But Martin Dolan, head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) which is leading the hunt for the plane in the remote southern Indian Ocean, said it appeared unlikely to be linked.
“From what we understand so far there’s much less reason to be positive about the suitcase,” he told the ABC. “There’s no obvious indication it’s been in the water a long time and so on. “Obviously it has to be examined very carefully and a proper decision made but we don’t have the same level of confidence in that as potential evidence.”
“In short though it may just be rubbish and there is no attached marine life to indicate that it has been in the water for any great length of time. But it will be examined.”
Nearly two months after debris from the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 washed up on Reunion Island, a large object reportedly floating off the island has piqued the interest of French officials there.
An Air France pilot reported seeing "a white object" floating in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday morning about 70 kilometers (43 miles) northwest of the French island, said Siva Vadivelou, assistant director of the French Civil Aviation Authority on Reunion.
When something is vaporized it vanishes with almost no trace except maybe some ashes, like your breaking news thread. It doesn't leave remnants behind like flaperons.
originally posted by: dissidentx
That plane has been shot by secret weapons. I think it might have vaporized.
It's one of the greatest aviation mysteries ever, though at least the recovered flaperon deals with some of the crazier theories about the aircraft making a safe landing somewhere; the flaperon suggests it didn't.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
Equally, I also wonder about incidents like MH370. There are so many things which just don't add up, and so many which do.
I guess I just wonder.