Thursday, May 12, 2016
Flight MH370: A look at the debris found so far
Liam Lotter, a South African teenager vacationing in Mozambique in December, was strolling on a beach near the resort town of Xai Xai when he spotted a gray piece of debris washed up on the sand. The piece had rivet holes along the edge and the number 676EB stamped on it, convincing him he had found a piece of an aircraft. But after he dragged it back to his family's vacation home, they dismissed it as "rubbish" that had likely come from a boat. Still, Lotter insisted on bringing it home to South Africa to research it further. The piece was stored with the family's fishing gear and almost forgotten; his mother even tried to throw it out. In March, Lotter heard the news about Gibson's "No Step" discovery and began to wonder if the piece he'd found might also be from the missing plane. Officials later confirmed it was indeed a part of the vanished aircraft's right wing, known as flap track fairing.
FIRST CABIN DEBRIS
Officials have since determined it was a panel from the main cabin, likely part of a door closet, that almost certainly came from Flight 370.
PARTS LEFT TO BE FOUND
Though the floating bits of debris that have washed up on coastlines bolster authorities' assertion that the plane crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean, they offer no clues about why and where it crashed. What officials really hope to find is the underwater wreckage. This is where the coveted flight data recorders, or "black boxes," are most likely to be. But hopes are dwindling that the wreckage will be found; search crews have already scoured 105,000 square kilometers (40,000 square miles) of the 120,000 square kilometer (46,000-square-mile) search zone to no avail, and there are no plans to expand the search area further. - Associated Press
Posted by wikisabah at 4:40:00 PM