Wreckage hunter’s find indicates MH370 was on fire


KUALA LUMPUR: MH370 wreckage hunter Blaine Gibson has found debris that may yet shed light on what happened to the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight on 8 March 2014.

Gibson, however, has cautioned against “jumping to conclusions”, according to a report in the West Australian.

He was referring to the origin of the latest MH370-related debris he found and how it became burnt.

The new find, he said, has wide ramifications.

“If it was a fire in the avionics bay of the Boeing 777, it’s imperative that we find the reason to ensure that it does not happen again,” said Gibson.

He was urging governments not to give up the search for MH370 since more and more debris was turning up.

The plane had 239 passengers and crew on board when it disappeared two years ago during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Australia, backed by Malaysia and China, is leading a search for the plane in the 7th Arc in the southern Indian Ocean, some 120,000 sq kms.

Grace Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was on board MH370, commented that families of victims had to relive the horror again and again each time there was a new theory.

“There might be a lull of three weeks, then someone will come up with some bizarre conspiracy theory,” said Nathan. “That throws us all in a loop.”

She lamented that the families of the victims never get to recover from the tragedy. “I never have time to grieve.”

Nathan was also echoing comments by families last week that the global media should stick to known facts and stop speculation on the tragedy.

The West Australian agreed in the report that MH370 could be the subject of a best seller based on so much speculation that was not true.