The recent MH370 “show” broadcast by Netflix seriously questioned the integrity of the debris from the downed Boeing 777 and that of the many people who found the pieces.
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The show, MH370: The Plane That Disappeared, also called into question the motives of wreck hunter Blaine Gibson who has done fantastic work raising awareness of MH370 amongst local fishermen so they would hand in any pieces that they found.
This is critically important work as the smallest piece can hold clues as to what happened to MH370 which claimed 239 lives.
Blaine has been vilified by a number of people who have suggested either directly or indirectly, that he is just seeking publicity and incredibly “planting” debris.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The reality is so very different that when the truth emerges it’s almost not recognisable.
Here is the summary of all the debris pieces found thus far prepared by Richard Godfrey whose breakthrough work on tracking MH370 has given searchers a more precise location.
The first SIX pieces found were located by locals in Reunion Island, South Africa, Madagascar and Mozambique from mid-2015 to early 2016. Blaine had been searching for debris for some time with no success.
Blaine’s first actual find was seven months after the first debris was located.
After the first debris was found, Blaine sought out the help of Charitha Pattiaratchi a Winthrop Professor of coastal oceanography at the University of Western Australia.
Chari advised Blaine to scour the lonely and mostly deserted beaches of the many islands of the western Indian Ocean for debris.
Blaine set off and did exactly that, but again we repeat – his first find was seven months after the first find.
After Blaine’s first find another seven pieces were located by seven different people in seven different locations.
So for the first 14 pieces that were found, Blaine found just one himself!
Then Blaine found a number of pieces in two locations in mid-2016 – three on June 6 and 2 on June 12 and then locals turned over more.
Another seven pieces were then found by various people in once again seven different locations.
In late 2016 Blaine found another piece.
Of the 39 pieces found, Blaine actually only found 6 himself and the other 33 were found by 26 different people.
What Blaine did, however, was to use publicity – TV, radio and online – to raise awareness amongst locals so they would hand in pieces that were being used as tables and even washing boards.
And that worked as 14 pieces were handed to Blaine, who is responsible for getting a total of 20 pieces into the hands of authorities.
It is almost certain that anyone walking the beaches of Madagascar, South Africa and a host of other countries bounding the western side of the Indian Ocean will find pieces of MH370 as there is absolutely no question that the aircraft was shattered on impact and its fuselage was ruptured as some of the debris comes from inside the cabin.
Instead of accusing Blaine, everyone interested in this tragedy should thank him for finding so much debris and more importantly raising awareness amongst locals.