Blaine Alan Gibson, a US lawyer and blogger from Seattle, travelled from one remote island to another in search of clues that would explain the mystery behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.The blogger bore the expenses of his own search and finally discovered what is being believed to be a piece of wreckage from the Boeing 777 off the Mozambique coast.
The debris is being investigated by experts and from an early photograph, it appears that it could have come from the doomed aeroplane that went missing almost two years ago with 239 people on board.
Gibson has previously written about his own investigations on the missing plane in his blog. One of the entries mentioned his visit to the Bird Island, off Myanmar’s coast, where debris often washed ashore. He also explained how he came across the two pieces that caught his interest.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the investigators probing the plane’s disappearance found his discovery on a sandbank of the Mozambique Channel, the water body that separates Madagascar from the south-east African nation, of particular interest.
Commander Joao de Abreu Martins, chairman of the Institute of Civil Aviation of Mozambique said that the debris, measuring 130 centimetres by 55 centimetres, was discovered by a fishermen and Gibson. And it has been discovered in the same part of the Indian Ocean where the only confirmed piece of wreckage from the plane was discovered last year.
One of the people who were invited to see the image wrote online, “I was struck by the condition of the part. It had no barnacles, little or no algae, and no water line. The condition of the part was nothing like the flaperon that was recovered [on Reunion Island].”
He also wrote, “The American ‘blogger’ has been pursuing an MH370 odyssey around the Indian Ocean for some time now but, in fairness, he has been reasonably considered with his findings, as they are.”
During a congressional hearing of the feud between Apple and the FBI over accessing iPhone’s data, a new angle to MH 370 search has come up, the Fortune reported. Apple’s general counsel Bruce Sewell said, “Within one hour of that plane being declared missing, we had Apple operators cooperating with telephone providers all over the world, with the airlines [and] with the FBI to try to find a ping, to try to find some way that we could locate where that plane was.”