Parts Of Missing Malaysian Plane Possibly Burned In Garbage Clean-Up

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Réunion Island, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, has become the focal point of global scrutiny as a suspected Boeing 777 flaperon, a tattered suitcase and now a door have emerged from the sea. They’re all suspected clues in the search for MH370, but has more evidence been unknowingly burned in a trash fire?

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According to the Brisbane Times, a local man named Nicolas Ferrier has come across other potential clues to the missing aircraft over the last few months, including a blue seat resembling an airliner’s. Malaysia Airlines 777-200 aircraft (the same model as MH370) feature blue seats in the business class cabins.

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A Malaysia Airlines 777-200 featuring blue seats in the business class cabin

Ferrier’s job is to comb the black sand beaches along Réunion’s eastern coast, keeping them free from debris and refuse. At the end of the workday, he burns his findings in a pile on the sand. With this in mind, it’s impossible to say how many potential clues in the disappearance of MH370 have been destroyed.

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Searchers in Réunion combing the shore for clues to the missing Boeing 777

Ferrier didn’t realize his discoveries could have represented a turning point in the sixteen-month search for the vanished 777 until news of the flaperon-like object’s discovery on Réunion just a few days ago. At the time, he reasoned the seat could have come from a bus or a hang glider.

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Ferrier added that he had also found multiple suitcases “full of things,” which he also burned in the same pile as the seat.

Apparently, Ferrier sees so much random junk wash up on the shore that he just didn’t think anything of the parts and pieces that could belong to the missing plane. He even remembered seeing the suspected flaperon on the beach in early May, and described it as having living barnacles on it at the time.

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In the 16 months since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar, wide-ranging theories have emerged as to the doomed aircraft’s final fate. Few, if any, of those theories have accounted for debris of the aircraft (and evidence in solving the mystery of the tragedy) being inadvertently destroyed.

We can only hope that this means more clues will be discovered soon, and a sharper image of the puzzle might begin to materialize.

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Photo credit: Top shot, authorities with suspected flaperon - Lucas Marie/AP, Malaysia 777-200 business class cabin - Chris Finney/Wikicommons, Searchers combing beach in Réunion - Ben Curtis/AP, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in flight - Jordan Vuong/Wikicommons

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If you have been to a shoreline anywhere recently you can’t blame the guy. He was doing his job and likely had no orders to be looking out for stuff. Heck, you would need to tell the entire east cost of Africa to be on the look out. I’m sure now that they know there will be more eyes on the beaches and surrounding waters.

Something else I have been pondering. If they are finding bags then the plane likely went in hard. 777s load the vast majority of their cargo into LD2 or LD3 containers. While most of those have a canvas door you would still need more than just a cargo door springing open upon ditching to get baggage out there floating around. You would need a rupture of the airframe and then the bags would need to get free from the container. I think this reality discounts the soft ditching theories that some have been passing along.