MH370 Laboratory Clues

August 5, 2015 by  

MH370 Laboratory Clues, Experts in France were set to examine a washed-up plane part on Wednesday that likely belonged to doomed flight MH370, more than a year after it vanished, hoping to find clues to one of aviation’s greatest enigmas.

The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared on March 8 last year, inexplicably veering off course en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, sparking a colossal but ultimately fruitless multinational hunt for the aircraft.

But last week’s discovery of a two-metre-long wing part called a flaperon on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion raised fresh hopes for relatives desperate for answers.

French and Malaysian experts arrived at a laboratory in southern France on Wednesday afternoon for the tests.

The head of Malaysia’s civil aviation watchdog Azharuddin Abdul Rahman and staff from France’s BEA agency, which probes air accidents, entered the lab in the city of Toulouse without making any statements.

The case containing the wing part was set to be opened in the presence of French, Malaysian and Australian experts, Boeing employees and representatives from China – the country that lost the most passengers.

It is unclear whether their conclusions will be announced the same day or later.

Paint, traces of explosion?
Jean-Paul Troadec, former BEA chief, said the analysis would focus on two issues – whether the flaperon belongs to MH370 and if so, whether it can shed light on the plane’s final moments.

He pointed to the paint on the piece as one key element of the probe.

“Every airline paints their planes in a certain way,” he said. “If the paint used is used by Malaysia Airlines… there may be more certainty.”

Pierre Bascary, former director of tests at the French Defence Procurement Agency, where the analysis will take place, added that the airline may have written maintenance information on the piece such as “Do Not Walk”.

“The phrase used and the way it was written also gives an idea of the origin of the plane,” he said.

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, meanwhile, said drift modelling performed by the national science agency confirmed debris could have been carried by wind and currents to Reunion, about 4 000km from the region where MH370 was thought to have gone down.

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