malaysian airlines 777-200er by christian junker

A Malaysian Airlines 777-200ER similar to the one operating MH370 when it disappeared. Photo by Christian Junker. CC 2.0

For the second time since the disappearance of MH370 in March of 2014, debris from the “crashed” airplane has been found. Last time it was a flaperon (a movable control surface) from the wing found on Reunion Island, this time it’s a piece of the horizontal stabilizer ( found near Mozambique. Experts have agreed that the piece, painted with the words “NO STEP”, is indeed from a Boeing 777, and therefore must have belonged to MH370 as no other 777’s have ever gone missing. The piece of debris was reported spotted by an American tourist in Mozambique while aboard a boat. It just so happens that this American tourist is part of an independent group of people searching for MH370, and has been blogging about it. This seems like too much of a coincidence, especially considering the two-year anniversary of the disappearance on March 8 is right around the corner. For now most people are accepting it as a legitimate discovery, which is indeed sensible because there isn’t a clear motive for or means by which one would fake such a discovery.

While it’s good that we’ve located a new¬†piece of evidence¬†from the missing plane, the truth is that it will have very little, if any, effect on the investigation. A piece of debris or two is not even remote close to being enough for investigators to piece together a solid conclusion. What we need is the rest of the wreckage and the aircraft’s black boxes, which governments have spent months searching for with no result. Every time a suspected piece of debris from MH370 shows ups, the media hypes it up to a ridiculous degree and people all over believe that once and for all we can solve the mystery, but in the end it either turns out to be false or leads to nowhere (like the flaperon found on Reunion). In fact, relatives of passengers who have presumably perished aboard MH370 are becoming increasingly agitated over this constant roller-coaster of hype and excitement then disappointment. News outlets must stop mining the MH370 story and pretending as though each discovery of debris will lead to some sort of dramatic breakthrough. We need to accept that we will probably never know for sure what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, as it’s becoming apparent that there is more going on related to the disappearance of MH370 than the public is aware of. The best course of action for us is to pay our respects to the victims and their families, and move on.