Dramatic Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Debris Find: Plane Crashed Violently, Not Under Pilot Control, Experts Now Say

Discoveries of debris apparently from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have been coming fast and furious over the past couple of months, and the latest discovery may be among the most significant so far. According to expert analysts, the condition of what appears to be a fragment of the missing plane’s tail appears to prove once and for all that the rogue Boeing 777-200 crashed into the waters of the Indian Ocean with violent, even explosive force.

Revealed on Friday, August 26, The new clue could help investigators definitively rule out the possibility that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was under the control of a suicidal pilot, who deliberately guided the 777 to a relatively gentle water landing — and then simply waited as the aircraft sank to the bottom of the ocean.

The latest find was discovered on a beach in Mozambique by a South African tour guide, Jean Viljoen, who now says that he plans to take his boat up and down the coastline of southeast Africa in a hunt for further Flight MH370 debris.

“It’s kind of almost like a triangular shape. It probably stands about a meter wide and about, from point to point, maybe a meter long — so it’s quite big,” Viljoen told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “It’s just the one very big piece that I’ve found so far, but I’m going to be going up and down our coastline with my boat and trying to see if there’s more.”

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew, mysteriously cut off all communication with the ground and vanished about 40 minutes into an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. For more than a year, no trace whatsoever of the missing plane turned up.

In July of 2015, a large piece of wing known as a “flaperon” appeared on a Reunion Island beach, in the southwestern Indian Ocean. And this year, numerous new debris finds have turned up in Mozambique, Mauritias, South Africa, and Tanzania — all in the same area off the southeastern coastline of the African continent.

The following video news report from Fox News states that at least 50 new debris fragments from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have recently been uncovered in South Africa.

For more coverage and background on the “pilot suicide” theory, and other discoveries of probable Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 debris, see the links in the “Previous Stories” box, below on this page.

Aviation expert Mike Exner of the Independent Group, a network of experts and investigators not connected with the official MH370 search effort led by the Australian government, analyzed images of the Jean Viljoen finding — and decided that they would eliminate the possibility of a controlled water landing for the runaway Malaysia Airlines plane.

The debris is “surely from 9M-MRO,” Exner wrote in an internet posting, referring to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane by its serial number. “The paint color and shape of the red paint appears to match the vertical stabilizer of 9M-MRO. The condition of the debris is consistent with a violent impact, not a water landing.”

Another independent expert, Ben Sandilands of the popular aviation blog Plane Talking, concurred with Exner, after his own inspection of the debris images.

“The overnight discovery of a badly crumpled large fragment of missing flight MH370 ought to end claims that the Malaysia Airlines jet was glided to a smooth landing on the Indian Ocean in 2014,” Sandilands wrote on his blog Saturday. “Whatever part of the jet it comes from, the extensive damage carried by the piece of suspected wreckage is inconsistent with widely promoted theories that MH370 was landed under pilot control on the surface of the south Indian Ocean.”

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The “water landing” scenario of how Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 came to its fateful end was given a wide airing last month in a report by the Australian version of the news program 60 Minutes. That 60 Minutes report can be viewed in full in the article at this link.

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