Aviation

MH370 breakthrough: Relatives claim more debris has been found

Relatives of passengers who disappeared on Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight claim to have found new pieces of debris from the aircraft.

MH370 went missing on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board, including six Australians, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The flight is thought to have changed course shortly after leaving Malaysian airspace, flying for more than six hours with its navigation systems turned off before plunging into the Indian Ocean.

According to SBS, 27 pieces of debris have been found in total from various locations around the world, but just three wing fragments have been confirmed to belong to the aircraft.

The relatives in possession of the piece of debris presented it to Malaysia’s transport minister on Friday.

Calvin Shim, whose wife was a crew member on the doomed plane, told Reuters the group would hand over five pieces of debris that were found off the coast of Madagascar, where some of the wing fragments were found.

Wreck hunter Blaine Gibson, who handed over the debris with the next of kin, said the pieces prove conclusively that the plane broke apart on impact, according to Perth Now.

“The debris proves two things. MH370 crashed violently and it almost certainly is in the Southern Indian Ocean,” he said.

Gibson said the debris has been identified using a fragment of a label still attached as part of the floor panel.

Picture: Geoffrey Thomas
Picture: Geoffrey Thomas

“Don Thompson, one of the Independent Group investigating MH370’s disappearance, found the actual identification label for the Boeing 777,” Gibson said.

In July Malaysian investigators released their final report on the disappearance of the flight, concluding they had not been able to determine the cause of the plane’s disappearance.

However, what they were able to determine was that the plane was manually turned around mid-air, cancelling out speculation that it had been under control of autopilot. The report also concluded that “unlawful interference by a third party” could not be ruled out.

Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has previously said investigators would consider continuing the search if new clues came to light.

The plane’s disappearance has turned into one of the largest underwater search operations in history, turning up no results besides three wing fragments.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

One response to “MH370 breakthrough: Relatives claim more debris has been found”

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Hotels

Hotel wrap: Choice Asia-Pac’s new look, Accor Korea’s Sofitel in Seoul, Crown’s bad news + MORE!

Delightful, informative and neat around the edges – this is how to describe this week’s hotel wrap, and Travel Weekly’s reporter when he sucks in his love handles.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Webjet boss lauds “outstanding” FY19, as full-year profit jumps 45 per cent

by Huntley Mitchell

There’s a whole lot of jumping going on over at Webjet HQ today, both in a financial and celebratory sense.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air New Zealand’s profit plummets, interim CEO appointed

by Huntley Mitchell

Air New Zealand has posted a big drop in profit for the 2019 financial year, as well as providing an update on its hunt for a new boss.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

German amusement park shuts down ‘swastika’ ride

by Christian Fleetwood

After reading this, you’ll wonder how in all of God’s grace a ride as potentially offensive as this one ever made it into production.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Dead Queensland uranium mine an Instagram hotspot for local tourists

Local tourists are flocking to this old mine for the perfect shot, thanks to its unnaturally blue and picturesque water.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Aerocare hits back at TWU over airport worker protest

It looks like things are heating up between the Transport Workers Union and a major employer of airport workers. You’re gonna want to get the popcorn ready for this one.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas announces big Project Sunrise news, as full-year profit falls

by Huntley Mitchell

Qantas has cleverly masked its full-year profit drop with a bit of positive news about Project Sunrise.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

“Soft” and “disappointing”: Flight Centre laments struggling Aussie leisure business

by Huntley Mitchell

Do you work at Flight Centre and find it hard to take criticism? If so, it might be best you skip reading this story.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

TTC introduces new and improved loyalty program

ATTENTION LOYALTY PROGRAM JUNKIES! The Travel Corporation has introduced some new perks you’re going to want to take advantage of. Check them out right here.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Road & rail wrap: Europcar fined over credit card fees, Railway Adventures’ Sri Lanka initiative + MORE!

Toot toot, chugga chugga! It’s the road and rail wrap! Get amongst all the latest overland news and deals while we desperately try to avoid being sued by The Wiggles for using their trademark toots and chuggas.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Does Donald Trump really want to buy Greenland?

Apparently Donald Trump (aka POTUS) is interested in buying Greenland. Find out just how true (or untrue) the reports are here.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Technology

“It has given our business a new element of trust”: Experience Oz on winning at last year’s travel awards

With the entry deadline for the The Travel Awards 2019 closing soon, we thought we’d give you a little inspiration in the way of an interview with one of last year’s winners.

Share

CommentComments