A social media sleuth on twitter named [email protected] appears to have found where the piece of MH370 found on Rodrigues Island, Mauritius, on 30 March, fits into a bulkhead at the front of the second part of its business class cabin.
In the initial post we said Her find can be seen here, on a tweet from pilot Edward Baker @Edward_767, although it hasn’t been established if the image shown has been worked on by him or is direct from Annette as the Twitter search function is at times capricious.
Since then Annette has provided her original tweet and that is now on the top of this report. Quite why Twitter trails can be a pain to follow is another topic for elsewhere.
This is a significant find, providing a convincing answer to the earlier question as to exactly where it would have been in the cabin of the Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER that was lost on 8 March 2014 on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
It’s a grim answer too. The jet is known to have flown south to oblivion in the south Indian Ocean hitting the sea some seven hours 39 minutes after it had taken off and its fuel had been exhausted.
The image shows where a sudden blast of water tore through the cabin destroying the bulkhead in a fraction of a second.
The sea bed location of the major heavy sections of MH370, the stronger parts of the wing, the undercarriage, the engine cores, remains undiscovered despite a brief initial aerial search and an almost 21 months long search using sonar scanning towfish of a priority zone of 120,000 square kilometers.
That search will end in the middle of the year, with no extension into new sea floor areas in the absence of strong new leads.
The recent discoveries of pieces of washed up debris from MH370 may yet provide reasons to continue, assuming the sunk wreckage isn’t found beforehand.
The Aunty Pru forum has also updated a collection of high quality images of various MH370 fragments with more of the cabin photos that led to Annette finding a matching location for the Rodrigues Island piece.