October 7th, 2016

Another plane part has been authenticated as being from Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Another plane part from MH370 has been found:

A piece of an aircraft wing found on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has been identified as belonging to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysian and Australian officials said Friday.

The piece of wing flap was found in May and subsequently analyzed by experts at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is heading up the search for the plane in a remote stretch of ocean off Australia’s west coast. Investigators used a part number found on the debris to link it to the missing Boeing 777, the agency said in a statement. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai also confirmed the identification.

But it has brought us no closer to solving the mystery or to locating the main site of the aircraft and its all-important flight recorders.

It was over two years ago that the flight vanished with 239 souls on board (that’s an aviation term, by the way). At first it dominated the news, and people were aghast that an airplane could disappear in this day and age, and could remain disappeared for that long. Conspiracy theories abounded, often involving an intact plane hijacked somewhere and lying in wait for some future mission. Although there are probably some people who cling to that notion, the finding of several pieces from the plane would probably put it to rest with most. But the mystery remains: was it mechanical failure? Pilot error? Sabotage? If the latter, an inside or outside job?

The plane’s disappearance has now gone off the radar screens (yes, a pun) of most people, and the event has been assimilated into their mental map of possible things that can go wrong in this world. For the families of the victims, the nightmare goes on.

10 Responses to “Another plane part has been authenticated as being from Malaysian Airlines Flight 370”

  1. Frog Says:

    Indeed, “people were aghast that an airplane could disappear in this day and age.” They still are. We are far from all-seeing, all-wise, all-powerful. Apply that thought to Climate Change too.

  2. Yancey Ward Says:

    I believe the pilot deliberately took the plane off course and put it in the ocean.

  3. Vanderleun Says:

    Don’t believe everything you think.

  4. Ray Says:

    Sometimes airplane crashes on land aren’t found for a long time.

  5. blert Says:

    Yancy, I’m with you.

    Souls on board is used as a felicitous phrase as the issue at hand is DEATH.

    It’s a phrase that dances away from the stark reality that folks died via acts of God and nature.

    Whereas, all souls — by definition — can’t ever die.

    Hence the formulation, it’s less harsh upon the minds of the living.

    You’ll find that “dead, perished, deaths” are usually omitted, too.

  6. brdavis9 Says:

    Is there some reason not to draw what would seem to be rational conclusions about probable pilot malfeasance, per these?

    (…probably same root source btw.)

    NYMag MH370 Pilot Flew a Suicide Route on His Home Simulator Closely Matching Final Flight

    The Independent MH370 pilot flew ‘suicide route’ on a simulator ‘closely matching’ his final flight

    Did I miss something, post reading these?

    I’m confused.

    (Which is a more or less normal condition these days, so “no biggie” lol.)

  7. neo-neocon Says:


    “Souls on board” is not “a phrase that dances away from the stark reality that folks died via acts of God and nature.” That is, it is not intended to be, because it is also sometimes used for the people on an airplane or a ship who land alive and well.

    Did you follow the link?:

    … the phrase is obviously older than [aviation] and used in situations besides emergencies.

    Apparently, it is actually meant to do the opposite of what you suggest: it is used to remind people (pilots, captains, etc.) of “the mortal danger of a life at sea, especially for naval ships: discipline, disease, death, drowning…”

    Also see this:

    “Souls on board” is the common term used by pilots and air traffic controllers to identify the people on board an aircraft. In response to the previous question, it does not have any “dark” implications. For example the pilot might say “I have 10 souls on board” meaning that 10 people are on board the aircraft. As a pilot it is a commonly heard term on the radio.

    The air transport community derived this from seafaring usage; “X souls on board” was a nautical phrase long before powered flight. I think the point is that ships required a term that comprehensively covered everyone who could possibly be on board, in whatever capacity: the officers, the crew, the crew’s families, the supercargo, the passengers, the local pilot, native bumboatwomen, etc. etc.

  8. neo-neocon Says:


    No, you didn’t miss anything. There is good reason to suspect the pilot. But there is no hard evidence, and we may never get the answer. At the moment, it is speculation, although based on things such as the simulator history.

  9. Richard Aubrey Says:

    There was a gee-whiz article saying that the plane was not ready to fly…because the automatic position reporting device wasn’t working.
    Well, if it had been working…finding the crash site would have been easier.
    So the pilot ran a course to nowhere on his home computer. Proves that the thought occurred to him, for some reason. Hell, I think of suicide a lot–I’m in the life insurance business.
    It only takes the memory of looking at a globe in the fourth grade to know that flying due south until the fuel runs out would be just dandy.
    But what about the other gyrations prior to that? Unnecessary distraction?
    What were the authorities going to do once they found him heading south? Shoot him down?
    He’d had some personal reverses in his life. Most people can commit suicide by themselves. I mean, you could shoot the driver of a tour bus in Glacier Park and drive it over the edge with everybody on board, but apparently it hasn’t happened.
    Then there was that German co pilot….

  10. geokstr Says:

    At least CNN and MSNBC will have something to do again for the next couple days in the few dead spaces they have between Trump-bashing and Hillary-licking. Space aliens have not yet been totally ruled out, you know.

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