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Jan 17, 2016

MH370 beach hoax claim vanishes like the jet

An airline pilot, on the Twitter account of Edward Baker, smelled a rat, and began to study the image, noting the a portion of it showed exactly the same pattern of blemishes as see

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Earlier today there was excitement, in some quarters, at the finding of a part of MH370 on a beach in Sarawak slightly SE of the last ATC transponder visible position of the Malaysia Airlines jet over the Gulf of Thailand nearly two years ago.

The photos showed the fragment, to a critical eye, seemingly floating in air above a somewhat trashed looking tide line.

They were posted by the Traveling Madison Twitter account, and seized upon, prematurely, as evidence that the jet went down geographically close to where the jet was when it abruptly diverted from its flight plan between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on 8 March 2014 with 239 people onboard.

One of the claimed photos is shown below.

One of Travel Madison's images
One of Traveling Madison’s images

An airline pilot, on the Twitter account of Edward Baker, smelled a rat, and began to study the image, noting the a portion of it showed exactly the same pattern of blemishes as seen on a much photographed piece of wreckage at the site of the MH17 crash in Ukraine.

As shown below.

Edward Baker's comparative images
Edward Baker’s comparative images

This is the original tweet by Traveling Madison.

original tweet

There is a discussion on Twitter as to whether a legitimate account has been hacked, and who the owner of the account is, and author of this tweet might be, if in fact they are different people.

This episode is unfortunately typical of the delusional, and occasionally malicious fakes that are spread on social media. If there is anything to salvage from this example it is that people like Edward Baker are increasingly sceptical and knowledgeable as to the capabilities of image manipulating software, that can alter geometry and perspectives while cloning hues, and as it turned out in this case, retaining tell tale blemishes.

So little is known about so much of this tragic mystery that weaker, or at times, nastier minds, seek to fill in the gaps, even to the extent of misrepresenting or forgetting key parts of the saga and the claims made by the various parties.

It can hurt good people too. It has the potential to hurt the next of kin, and faked evidence can mislead those whose intentions are good.

For those of us still associated in some way with the diminished state of the media, the struggle to stop fantasies from replacing facts is lost. The shortage of proven factual information in the case of MH370 makes this particularly painful.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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5 thoughts on “MH370 beach hoax claim vanishes like the jet

  1. Ted Smith

    MH 370 WILL NEVER BE FOUND BECAUSE IT WAS JACKED TO THE 25TH DIMENSION BY BEINGS FROM THERE WHO COLLECT PEOPLE & STUFF FROM ALL OVER THE UNIVERSE & ALL TIME!!! NOW SSSHHHAAADDDUUUPPP, SSSHHHAAADDDUUUPPP, SSSHHHAAADDDUUUPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    – TED SMITH, UPSTATE NEW YORK, USA

  2. nightflyer

    Ted Smith – As I said in an earlier reply; Beam me up. Please !

  3. Crocodile Chuck

    Whatever that guy is on

    I want some

    [!]

  4. Dan Dair

    Crocodile Chuck,
    ‘Whatever that guy is on, I want some’?

    I suspect it will turn out to be very strong prescription medication,
    administered within his padded-cell.??

  5. Simon Gunson

    I was going thru the Blocked list on my Facebook account & was quite shocked to find I previously blocked TED SMITH. I can’t for the life of me remember this whack job. How did he ever end up there.

    TED SMITH is even more mysterious than MH370

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