Thursday, July 30, 2015

Flight MH370: the aircraft debris Reunion will be analyzed in France – Le Point

The aircraft debris found on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, will be transferred to France to be analyzed by specialized investigators, hoping to solve the riddle of the MH370 flight, the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared in 2014 he could come. “Preliminary information suggests that the debris is most likely a Boeing 777, but we need to check if it comes from the MH370 flight,” said Thursday the Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak.

It will be fed into the premises of the BEA, the specialized department of inquiry of the French Civil Aviation in Toulouse (south-west France) for examination, he said, without specifying how soon the transfer could take place. Malaysian experts arrived Thursday in La Réunion, a hotel source said. The provenance of the fragment is “not identified” and “no hypothesis is excluded, including from a Boeing 777″, said the French authorities.

The BEA “was seized to coordinate the French investigation and the international investigation, led notably by Malaysian and Australian experts, “said the prefecture of Reunion, the French department of overseas northeast of Madagascar. With a length of two meters, the debris was found Wednesday in Saint-André Reunion, on the east coast of the island, by the employees of an association who cleaned the beach.

“A very important development”

To add to the mystery, a piece of brown suitcase was found in the same place on Thursday morning. A helicopter of the French Gendarmerie flew over the area in the day to explore the coast and the ocean surface. “This is obviously a very important development,” said the Australian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Warren Truss, whose country coordinates the international research in the Indian Ocean to find traces of the plane. “The meeting is very far from the area where the research is conducted is, but is consistent with what we know about current data and information from satellites,” he noted. “There are great chances that the debris found in Reunion is properly a piece of the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines,” said Joel Sudre, a French oceanographer expert sharing the same analysis. He said the wreckage could be derived from Western Australia to Reunion at the option of the south equatorial current (SEC). In such a scenario, satellite images of the shallow marine power could help locate “within days” the crash zone.

Malaysia has dispatched investigators in Reunion. Based on the pictures of the debris, they think it might be a flaperon B777, said Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaparvi. The flaperons are small flaps bordering aircraft wings, the pilots operate on takeoff or landing. The Malaysian Minister of Transport, Dato Sri Liow Tiong, hoped to identification “as soon as possible.” The hypothesis of a debris MH370 is not the only envisaged by the aviation community where we also mentioned, among others, that of a fragment of an Airbus A310 of Yemenia, crashed in 2009 off Comoros.

Mechanical failure or structural

Malaysia Airlines declined to “speculate on the origin” of the room. But the announcement of his discovery has aroused strong feelings among 239 relatives of missing the flight, plunged back into intense anxiety. “It all started again, constantly watching the mobile phone while waiting for news,” said Gonzales Jacquita, wife of the purser, Patrick Gomes. “We do not want to hear again some officials say they are safe to 99%. What we want is a confirmation 100%”, said relatives of Chinese victims, the largest number on the mail WeChat. “I hope he will confirm that he is indeed the MH370. I want to end this mystery,” added the Malaysian G. Subramanian, whose son was on the plane. No trace was found of the MH370 since March 8, 2014, despite intense research led by Australia in the southern Indian Ocean, where satellites have “hung” last communication systems the device.

The speculations remain mainly concentrated around a mechanical or structural failure, or a terrorist act, but nothing came to support the hitherto either scenario and the mystery surrounding this tragedy has fueled a string of complotistes theories. On 29 January, Malaysia formally declared that this disappearance was an accident and that passengers and crew were presumed dead, angering families.

The most credible explanation, officials the investigation is a sudden drop in the level of oxygen in the unit made the crew and passengers unconscious. The plane would have flown on autopilot until its sea fall for lack of fuel.


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