Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Evidence Of Fire On Plane Seen In New Debris Discovery Could Provide Break In Mystery

A new discovery of possible Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 debris on the southeast coast of Madagascar may — if it is verified as authentic — provide the clearest evidence so far of what happened on board the mysteriously missing flight, that disappeared on March 8, 2014, and is believed to have flown thousands of miles off course and crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

According to a report on the Airline Ratings site — part of the The West Australian newspaper in Perth, Australia — three residents of Saint Luce, Madagascar, found the shard of debris as part of a search effort organized by American lawyer Blaine Alan Gibson, who dropped his professional career and now travels the world in search of solutions to the Flight MH370 mystery.

Blaine Alan Gibson with his latest possible Flight MH370 debris find (Photo via Airline Ratings Facebook)

Numerous pieces of debris believed to originate from the missing Boeing 777-200 have turned up on beaches and shorelines in the southwestern region of the Indian Ocean, on the southeast coastline of Africa, as well as on islands off the African coast in the same region of the ocean.

Gibson and his collaborators have been responsible for uncovering 13 of the debris pieces — but the latest, he says, could be the most valuable so far.

According to what Gibson told Airline Ratings, as well as Perth’s Channel 7 News, the new debris shard appears to have come from the avionics bay of a Boeing 777, such as the plane that flew as Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which is pictured above at the top of this page during an earlier flight.

The avionics bay is a compartment filled with computer and communications equipment essential to flying an aircraft, and is located just behind the cockpit of a 777, accessible through a hatch in the cabin floor.

Gibson also says that the latest debris fragment shows evidence that it was “singed, scorched black… exposed to fire,” which could indicate that a fire possibly broke out on board Flight MH370 — a blaze which could have led to a cascading series of on-board catastrophes, adding up to the plane’s disappearance.

The Perth Channel 7 News report on the new Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 debris find, including an interview with Blaine Alan Gibson, can be viewed in the video below.

Gibson says that he will forward the new “scorched” debris on to investigators in Australia. He said that he gave five earlier pieces of possible debris to officials in Madagascar about three months ago, with the promise that they would be handed over to the Malaysian government.

But no one from Malaysia has bothered to retrieve those debris fragments, Gibson says.

During a visit to Perth in August, Gibson called for Malaysia to provide financial help to Madagascar in its search for further debris linked to Flight MH370, but Malaysia refused.

“Australia has done way more than its fair share [in funding the search] and is to be congratulated for that,” Gibson told the Australasian Lawyer news site. “But Malaysia can do more and China can do more.”

Experts say that the newest debris find, as well as the shards previously uncovered in the Gibson-led volunteer search-effort, appear to support the belief of the official, Australia-led search team that the rogue Boeing 777 crashed violently into the water at high speed, shattering into hundreds, maybe thousands of pieces.

A popular alternative theory has held that Flight MH370 was commandeered by its own pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who then ditched the plane in the Indian Ocean, gliding to a water landing similar to the “Miracle on the Hudson” incident in 2009 when US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was forced to land his airliner on the surface of New York’s Hudson River.

But in the case of the Malaysia Airlines plane, the theory holds, the pilot ditched the plane on purpose as part of an elaborate murder-suicide plot, and allowed it to sink largely intact to the ocean floor. One version of the pilot suicide theory is explained in the Inquisitr story at this link.

“One thing is however emerging from all the identified and likely fragments of the missing jet so far discovered,” wrote aviation expert Ben Sandilands on his Plane Talking blog. “They all indicate a violent and sudden end to the flight, and underscore the indications from satellite data that it descended at high speed to the surface of the ocean.”

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A 46,000 square-mile area of the Indian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the coast of Perth has been the focus of the officials’ search effort, with no results. The Australian-led search team has announced that if the whole area is covered with no trace of the plane turning up, the search will be suspended indefinitely.

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