The saying goes that if you throw enough mud some will stick. In the case of the loss of MH370 it can be said if you throw enough fiction some will become fact.
There is so much written about MH370’s disappearance and its crew that is simply not true it could be the subject of a bestseller.
The latest find — if confirmed — of burnt debris by Indiana Jones-styled MH370 wreckage hunter Blaine Gibson may well put to rest some of the theories of what happened on the plane.
However, he is right to caution against jumping to conclusions about the origins of the pieces and when they became burnt.
Last week the tormented relatives of the victims of MH370 made a plea to some sections of the global media to stick to the known facts and to stop the speculation.
Grace Nathan, who lost her mother Anne Daisy on MH370, told The West Australian newspaper the disaster was unprecedented and, therefore, so was their situation. “It’s constant 21/2 years on,” Mrs Nathan said. “There might a lull of three weeks, then someone will come up with some bizarre conspiracy theory.”
“That all throws us through a loop. I have to relive the horror again and again and I never get to recover from it. I never have time to grieve.”
The new piece had wide ramifications, Mr Gibson said.
“If it was a fire in the avionics bay of the Boeing 777 it is imperative that we find the reason to ensure it does not happen again,” he said.
With more and more debris turning up, Mr Gibson has urged governments not to give up on the search.