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Flaperon washes up on Reunion Island

Old 21st Jan 2016, 12:05
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It has indeed been confirmed in the last operational update:

Consistent with the undertaking given by the Governments of Australia, Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China in April last year, 120,000 square kilometres will be thoroughly searched. It is anticipated this will be completed around the middle of the year. In the absence of credible new information that leads to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, Governments have agreed that there will be no further expansion of the search area.
Source: https://www.atsb.gov.au/mh370-pages/...al-update.aspx
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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 09:32
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These parts were found off the coast of Thailand a few hours ago at Pak Phanang district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Do they look like aircraft parts to anyone?











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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 10:31
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Video from YouTube of the find at Pak Phanang district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thailand. Do they look like parts from a B777 to anyone?

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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 10:47
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The numbers are meant to be read if the item is vertical, not horizontal if it was from an aircraft, so probably part of a rocket casing?


But what do I know. I work on the railways.

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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 11:28
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Those hex bolts would add drag - it doesn't look like part of an airframe to me. But I'm not an expert, at all.
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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 11:56
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In video above at 1:36 the bolt head is marked NAS6204 - an aircraft hardware. Also, it's a composite sandwich panel.
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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 14:50
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Awaiting for expert opinion on above youtube video,hope something comes out in 2016 regarding this MH370 mystery occurred in 2014.
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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 18:03
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Have a look at this url if you like. Have no idea who this person is. Not sure I agree with the backup info cited, but pretty common bolt type for many AC manufacturers.

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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 18:55
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I think FelineNut is trying a little hard: the index numbers on a patent drawing and the part numbers on a finished assembly have nothing to to with each other, and the B777 cowl components he cites are compound curved, not simple curved as the found item is.

FWIW (which isn't much) the numerals on the found item ring a faint and Russian bell in me. The "3" especially doesn't look like a font an American maker would use.
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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 19:12
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As some others have noted, pretty close similarity to the H-IIA fairings including inspection plates. Also, looks white though the pictures are taken in the shade - wasn't the lower half of MH gray including nacelles?
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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 19:24
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Originally Posted by b1lanc
As some others have noted, pretty close similarity to the H-IIA fairings including inspection plates.
Others have noted where?

And WTF is an H-IIA ?
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Old 23rd Jan 2016, 19:45
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Liquid fueled launch vehicle manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Fairing types for payload can be seen here.
H-IIA / H-IIB Rocket Fairing | Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Look at the comparison posted by a WSJ aerospace beat reporter including pics of the side by side hex bolt inspection plates on the wreckage and the rocket. Guy's name is Jon Ostrower

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23mh370
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Liquid fueled launch vehicle manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Fairing types for payload can be seen here.
H-IIA / H-IIB Rocket Fairing | Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Look at the comparison posted by a WSJ aerospace beat reporter including pics of the side by side hex bolt inspection plates on the wreckage and the rocket. Guy's name is Jon Ostrower

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23mh370
Nicely spotted, I made some pics for comparison and you're right on the money.

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Old 24th Jan 2016, 13:42
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However, what a nice Sci-Fi theory it could create. Engine explodes mid-flight, turbine blades instantly depressurize the plane. Pilot turns the vessel left to the nearest landmass, but, fails to put his oxygen mask on because of stress. And then, like helios 552 it flies nowhere, slowly turning left because of one engine scenario.
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Old 24th Jan 2016, 13:52
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Pity, I really real for all those relatives waiting desperately for some news. Great disappointment for them.
Not the first, probably not the last time as well..
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Old 25th Jan 2016, 00:42
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Sonar Towfish collides with underwater volcano

MH370 sonar vessel torn from Fugro Discovery after crashing into underwater mud volcano

Ooops ...

from news.com.au :
A sonar deep tow scouring the southern Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been lost after crashing into an underwater volcano.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau released a statement from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre this morning detailing the incident, which resulted in the loss of the Fugro Discovery’s sonar towfish.

“Yesterday, while conducting search activities in the southern Indian Ocean, Fugro Discovery lost the sonar vehicle deep tow (towfish) being used to search the ocean floor,” the JACC said.

“The towfish collided with a mud volcano which rises 2200m from the sea floor resulting in the vehicle’s tow cable breaking. The towfish and 4500m of cable became separated from the vessel and are now resting on the sea floor.”

Thankfully there were no injuries to crew during the incident and it’s believed it will be possible to recover the towfish at a later date.
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Old 26th Jan 2016, 04:30
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lost towfish

The JACC media release here

Update on MH370

I thought they had surveyed the ocean floor before starting so they should have seen this volcano ?
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Old 26th Jan 2016, 06:42
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There has been no previous sea-floor surveying of vast areas of the Indian Ocean - and the small amount of sea-bed information previously available, came from satellite imagery.
The satellite imagery information about the sea bed was pretty indistinct in many areas, as you could well imagine with the sea depths in the search area.
The Fugro crews, marine scientists and the Australian authorities in general, have been regularly astonished at what the Fugro towfish have revealed about the sea bed in the search area.

The data has revealed many seabed features for the first time.
MH370 search resources - videos
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Old 26th Jan 2016, 09:26
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There has been no previous sea-floor surveying of vast areas of the Indian Ocean - and the small amount of sea-bed information previously available, came from satellite imagery.
I thought prior to conducting the search though they did a survey mapping the area. That link you gave says

Before the underwater search for MH370 could begin, it was necessary to accurately map the sea floor to ensure that the search is undertaken safely and effectively. Bathymetry survey vessels spent months at sea, scanning the sea floor with multibeam sonar to gather detailed, high-resolution data. The data has revealed many seabed features for the first time.
I figured that they would know about this volcano ?
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Old 26th Jan 2016, 13:25
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mmurray - You are correct - and I had forgotten about the Geoscience bathymetric survey, carried out prior to Fugro commencing operations with the towfish.
About all that I could imagine that has happened, is there has been an error in use of the towfish, and/or a miscalculation of the height of the mud volcano - or perhaps they just plain "forgot" it was there!

Seems like someone screwed up - big-time. If the Fugro crew had the Geoscience "3-dimension, detailed, high-resolution" survey to hand - as they should have had - then possibly, some highly embarrassing explanations may end up being produced by the crew, as to how they managed to hit the volcano.

MH370 - bathymetric survey
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