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Another piece of missing Malaysian airliner found
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Wing Flap Confirmed as From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Investigators have concluded that part found off Tanzania in June is from jet that disappeared in 2014

Sept. 15, 2016 8:08 a.m. ET
SINGAPORE—A piece of aircraft wing found on an island off Tanzania in June came from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian investigators said.
Experts from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau have concluded that the wing flap, found on Pemba island on June 20, originated from the Boeing Co. 777 jet registered as 9M-MRO, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement on Thursday.
Australian investigators had earlier said the flap, if confirmed to be from Flight 370, would offer the best new clue to the jet’s final moments, including whether it was under pilot control when it went down.
Apart from some debris, few clues have emerged as to the whereabouts of the plane, which disappeared en route from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, carrying 239 passengers and crew.
Satellite-communication data suggests the flight ended thousands of miles off course in the Southern Indian Ocean, where more than 46,000 square miles (120,000 square kilometers) of ocean floor is being searched. However, there is no explanation yet for the apparent sharp turns made by the plane about an hour into what to that point was apparently a routine flight.
The search for the missing jet may be suspended by the end of the year if the current area doesn’t yield results, Australia, Malaysia and China said in a joint statement on July 22.
Mr. Liow said several part numbers, along with physical appearance, dimensions, and construction confirmed the piece found in Tanzania is an inboard section of the missing Boeing 777 jet’s outboard flap.
“Further examination of the debris will continue, in hopes that further evidence may be uncovered which may provide new insight into the circumstances surrounding Flight 370,” he said.
The main flap is significant because damage analysis may determine how it broke off the plane, according to Peter Foley, program director for the Operational Search for Flight 370 at the ATSB. Unlike some other parts recovered so far, the main flap is deployed manually. Previously recovered pieces include another wing part called a flaperon. It was found on Réunion Island last year and is being examined in France.
Investigators believe the plane wasn’t under human control at the time of its crash, based on communications between the aircraft and an Inmarsat PLC satellite. However, another theory—that the plane was in a controlled glide following a loss of engine power—hasn’t been ruled out, though authorities consider it less likely.
While either theory would lead to largely the same search area, the edges would vary; a simulation shows the aircraft, starting from 40,000 feet, could have gone an extra 140 miles if under control.
Experts says the discovery of debris thousands of miles away from the likely crash site in the Southern Indian Ocean is consistent with ocean-current modeling, which shows that some debris could have drifted that far from the search area.
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Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/wing-flap-co...1473941287
(09-19-2016, 11:57 PM)brunt Wrote: Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/wing-flap-co...1473941287
I'm suprised that folks catchin sharks & such around that area aint finding rings, watches, and cellphones & loose change in thier bellys yet... Wink
(09-21-2016, 10:22 PM)matlock Wrote: I'm suprised that folks catchin sharks & such around that area aint finding rings, watches, and cellphones & loose change in thier bellys yet... Wink

you do realize that it's about THE most remote place on Earth, even for fishermen.
(chosen for a reason I believe)

and the Oceans are full of that junk, unrelated to this plane, by a factor of a bout  a ZILLION
Yeah, the area most likely to be where the plane went down is about 1,000 statute miles west of Perth, Australia.
Using Open Streetmap, the two closest pieces of land to there are two tiny islands which are part of the French Antarctic Territories, Amsterdam Island and St. Paul Island.
Neither have any permanent inhabitants, or runways where a 777 could land.
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