When a flaperon or a wing part of a plane was found off the coast of Reunion Island on July 29 last year, it created new hopes that the wreckage of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 will finally be found.
The hopes were heightened when French investigators looking into the discovery of the plane parts confirmed that the flaperon indeed belonged to the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines plane.
Then in December last year and February this year, two small pieces of plane parts were found off the coast of the African country of Mozambique. The two pieces of plane parts found off the coastline of Mozambique are also align with models of ocean currents showing where the sea might have carried the wreckage of the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.
The plane parts found in the beaches of Mozambique are from the tailplane and wing flap of a Boeing 777, which searchers believe belong to the Flight MH370.
After scrutinizing the parts in great detail, investigators are now saying that those are actually parts of the Flight MH370, which is now sparking great hopes that the full wreckage of the missing plane will soon be found, reports The Week of UK.
It turns out that the investigators used unique stenciling method to identify the two parts found off Mozambique. The two parts were found 130 miles apart.
According to the Australian investigators, some text contents are stenciled onto the parts that were found. One says ‘NO STEP’ and the other says ‘676EB’.They added that they are clearly the same font and design used by Malaysian Airlines, details BBC.
The parts also reveal other clues too. The parts are both from a Boeing 777 and it so happened that no other Boeing 777 has ever crashed in the southern hemisphere since March 2014 and none has reported losing any parts during their flight.
Determining the plane’s final hours
Investigators and amateur aviators have been attempting to determine the plane’s final hours from the time that the plane went off the radar on March 8, 2014. The plane’s last contact with air traffic control came less than an hour after take-off at Kuala Lumpur destined to Beijing in China.
According to the military radar, the plane deviated from its flight plan before it went out of range an hour later. Investigators have assumed since then that Flight MH370 went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean and killed all 239 people on board, most of them Chinese.
Australian experts are also checking two other pieces of flotsam that were found on beaches recently. One has a Rolls Royce logo on and turned up in South Africa. The other was found on Rodrigues Island.
Australian experts are also checking two other pieces of flotsam found on beaches. One has a Rolls-Royce logo on and turned up in South Africa. The other was found on Rodrigues Island.
Continuing their search
Despite founding new parts, the three search ships continue to comb the belly of the ocean to look for the main body of the Flight MH370.
The sea search is due to end this summer and barring the finding of new evidences, they will stop looking from there, having done so for over two years already.
Early this year, the Air Transport Safety Bureau of the Australian government has debunked rumors that the pilot of the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has hijacked his own aircraft before it crashed.
Dan O’Malley, spokesman for the ATSB, said that the rouge pilot theory as claimed by some rumors is rubbish.
They dismissed the suggestion that Malaysian pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah who steered the ill-fated plane on March 8, 2014 hijacked his own aircraft, citing at as baseless assumptions.