Suspected MH370 Debris Points To On-Board Blaze

Physinews Reports; Charred debris, possibly belonging to the
missing MH370 plane, has been handed to
investigators - raising the prospect of a flash
fire on board the ill-fated jet.

An American amateur investigator handed

over several pieces of blackened debris to
Australia's Transport Safety Bureau on
Monday in what may prove to be a
breakthrough in one of the biggest mysteries
in aviation history.

Blaine Gibson said the material, which had
washed up in Madagascar, included what
appeared to be an internal panel.

"The top layer of paint has been singed,
scorched black," he told Australia's Channel
7 of one piece. "It also shows some signs of
melting... as you see when something is
exposed to fire.

"It appears to be from the interior of the plane
but not the main cabin, perhaps the cargo
hold, perhaps the avionics bay."

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777
vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to
Beijing on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on
board.
The possible debris appears to show
signs of melting

The reason for the plane's disappearance
remains a mystery and its final resting place
has never been found.

Mr Gibson, a lawyer from Seattle, told the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation the
pieces may prove to be a "real game
changer" if they were found to belong to
MH370.

"One of the theories is that there was a fire
on the plane," he said, noting that until now
there has been no evidence to support this
theory.

Australia's Transport Safety Bureau, which is
co-ordinating the search for the plane, has
said it is seeking advice from Malaysian
authorities on how to proceed.

The debris was handed over as relatives of
some of the victims met Australian officials to
discuss progress made by the official search.


The eight family members called on the
investigating nations - Australia, China and
Malaysia - to do more to uncover evidence,
expressing frustration that the search so far
has turned up little credible information.

"It's very impressive that one private
individual citizen, Blaine Allen Gibson has
managed to find up to 15 pieces of aircraft
debris and we hope that these three nations
do more than just hope that by fluke people
find more debris," said Grace Nathan, whose
mother Anne Daisy was on the plane.

A search of a final 120,000sq km (46,000 sq
mile) zone is due to be completed
in December.


The area was defined under the "most likely"
scenario that no one was at the controls as
the plane ran out of fuel.

However, the latest hunt has failed to find a
single piece of debris, raising suspicion that
the crash site may be elsewhere.

The first piece of debris found from MH370 -
a two-metre wing part known as a flaperon -
washed up on the French Indian Ocean
island of Reunion in July 2015.
Blaine Gibson (R) has handed the alleged
debris to Australian officials

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