Remember when they found part of a wing on Reunion last month? And the government of Malaysia quickly declared it to be a part of their plane that’s been missing for 18 months?
Not so fast!
Do you also remember that the French inspectors who took the part refused to confirm that it was from the missing plane?
- The part is missing its ID tag. This is a big deal because that tag was removed from a protected and undamaged portion of the bigger part.
- The part does not match up with the repair record from the plane it’s alleged to have come from.
- The part is covered with barnacles that need to live under the water.
Let’s see what that means:
- We see no ID tag problems with things like stolen cars: you know, kind of like a “used” car which has had its VIN tag removed.
- They check repair records for the same reason they check the dental records of unidentified bodies. So this is kind of like the cops finding a body and noting that its teeth don’t match the dental records of a missing person.
- How did the part float to Reunion and wash up on shore if it was below the surface of the water growing barnacles?
Sounds like a fake to me. A premeditated one (thus the removed ID tag), and not really a great one (since they didn’t anticipate the repair record issue), but definitely one that someone put some thought into (who put the wing under the water and left it for a few months to grow barnacles)?