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Possible MH370 Blackened Debris Could Be Clue To Missing Airplane

Possible MH370 Blackened Debris Could Be Clue To Missing Airplane

Police officers inspect metallic debris found on a beach in Saint-Denis on the French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Aug. 2, 2015, close to where a Boeing 777 wing part believed to belong to missing flight MH370 washed up. (Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 12 September 2016 03:47 PM

Possible MH370 blackened debris was handed over to Australian investigators, adding a clue to what might have happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

American amateur investigator Blaine Gibson gave Australian officials possible debris from missing flight MH370, saying “several pieces were blackened by flames, raising the prospect of a flash fire onboard,” AFP reported.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) disappeared mysteriously in early March of 2014. The flight had nearly 250 passengers and crew and was supposed to be a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, AFP noted.

An intense underwater search of Australia’s far west coast was conducted after some thought the plane might have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean after veering off course.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which is coordinating the search, said that Blaine Gibson handed them “unspecified” debris on Monday.

Gibson is a lawyer from Seattle who has traveled the world trying to solve the MH370 mystery. He told local reporters that “the debris which had washed up in Madagascar included what appeared to be an internal panel,” AFP noted.

“Signs of melting….The top layer of paint has been singed, scorched black,” he said of one of the pieces of debris. “It also shows some signs of melting…as you see when something is exposed to fire.

“It appears to be from the interior of the plane but not the main cabin, perhaps the cargo hold, perhaps the avionics bay.”

The debris may not be from MH370, and officials are uncertain about when it was inflamed. However, if the debris is determined to have come from the plane, indicating that there was a fire on that plane, then the debris that Gibson has handed over could be investigators’ best clue yet, according to Richard Westcott, BBC Transport Correspondent.

“If those are found to be from Malaysia 370 and if it is discovered that the fire took place before the crash, then this is a real game changer that could help identify what was the cause of the plane’s demise,” Gibson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

According to AFP, the first piece of debris from MH370 was found on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion in July of 2015. It was described as “a two-meter wing part known as a flaperon” and it was washed up on the island.

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