An Oceanographer Explains How Plane Debris Could Solve The Mystery Of MH370

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with David Gallo about the latest developments in the search for flight MH370.

The recent discovery of plane debris in the Indian Ocean has raised hopes of finally solving the mystery of the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished last year.

Malaysia said on Wednesday that the wing piece, called a flaperon, belonged to flight MH370, which went missing with 239 people on board on March 8, 2014, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. While French investigators were more cautious in providing a definitive link, they concur that the debris is a flaperon from a Boeing 777, and flight MH370 is the only plane of that type that is missing.

On Friday, France expanded its search for more debris around the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, where the flaperon was found. Meanwhile, experts continue to scrutinize the wing part for any clues on what happened to plane.

To better understand what these developments could reveal about the missing plane, The WorldPost spoke to David Gallo, director of special projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who helped French authorities locate the wreckage of Air France flight 447 in 2011.

How difficult is it to trace back the path of the debris and find where the plane crashed?

It is extremely difficult. It would have been dispersed by winds and the ocean currents for 500-odd days. I don’t think it will help refine the present search area in the short term.

But if the current underwater search doesn’t find anything, and this remains the only piece of tangible evidence in 16 months of an international investigation — and into possibly a criminal act — it —> Read More