For the first time what appears to be burn marks can be seen on a potential piece of debris from inside missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The MH370 wreckage hunter Blaine Gibson has been handed the object by its three finders, Milson Tovontsoa, Rija Ravolatra, and Eodia Andriamahery from Saint Luce on the south east coast of Madagascar.
This report on the West Australian’s Airline Ratings site, suggests that it came from inside the insecure electrical and electronics bay located behind and beneath the cockpit of Boeing 777s, which is accessible through a hatch in the floor near the front of the foremost cabin area of the wide body twin engined jet.
MH370, with 239 people on board, disappeared over the Gulf of Thailand while on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
Suspicions that the EE Bay was exploited in some way in the sudden diversion of MH370 from its intended flight path figured large in early speculations as to its cause.
A typical report was this post, more than two years ago, in Plane Talking. There are however, many ‘ifs’ that can be brought into play following a positive identification of the object as being from inside MH370 (which looks highly likely) and specifically from within the EE Bay.
The fire may have briefly followed on impact with the southern Indian Ocean after the jet lost power, or it may have broken out before it vanished as a transponder identified flight on air traffic control consoles.
The starting point for assessing the value of the find will be its positive identification, and location within MH370.
One thing is however emerging from all the identified and likely fragments of the missing jet so far discovered. They all bear witness to 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.
The destructive force of that impact may have also reduced or eliminated the amount of larger and longer term floating objects that it could have produced.
This looks like a highly significant find. But decoding it, and seeing how it fits in other clues as to what caused this disaster may take more time than the attention spans of the proponents of various fiercely advocated solutions to the mystery.