Dammit, the ID plate was missing from that MH370 'flaperon' (love that word)

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  1. Mr Pink

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    So the positive ID we are all looking for is still not confirmed.
    From Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/the-case-of-the-mh370-wing-segment-keeps-getting-weirde-1727429146

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    When a wing section of a Boeing 777 washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion last month, the Malaysian government quickly ascribed the part to missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. But an ongoing investigation has failed to verify this claim, and the story just keeps getting weirder.

    Shortly after the flaperon washed up, Boeing engineers confirmed that the wing segment belongs to a 777. And MH370, which went missing in March of 2014, is the only 777 unaccounted for. So case closed, right?

    Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak decided it was, and on August 5th, he released a statement announcing as much to the world. But minutes later, French investigator Serge Mackowiak countered the prime minister’s remarks, saying that more tests were needed to conclusively determine the wing segment’s origin. Those test results were supposed to come within a day. Then a few days. Now it’s been several weeks.

    What’s the hangup? According to New York Magazine, the ID plate that should have been attached to the inboard edge of the flaperon is missing. This plate, affixed to all 777 flaperons, ought to contain a serial number linking the part to MH370. Its absence has not only stymied the investigation, it’s causing other strange facets of the wing segment to come under scrutiny.

    For instance, the flaperon was covered in barnacles, sessile marine organisms that survive underwater by affixing themselves to floating objects. Barnacles, New York Magazine reports, seem to suggest the wing segment spent the last several months suspended beneath the surface of the ocean. Which is curious, to say the least:

    While it’s easy to imagine a submarine or a scuba diver hovering peacefully 10 or 20 feet under the surface of the water, this is not something that inanimate objects are capable of doing on their own: Either they are more buoyant than water, in which case they float, or they are less buoyant, in which case they sink.

    So, how could a six-foot-long chunk of airplane remain suspended beneath the ocean surface for a long period of time? At this point, there aren’t any simple, common-sense answers; the range of possible explanations at this point runs from as-yet-unidentified natural processes to purposeful intervention by conspirators.

    There’s certainly a logical explanation for all of this, and we’ll get there eventually — perhaps we’ll even learn a thing or two about barnacle ecology in the process! In the meanwhile, the sleuths of the internet are sure to come up with all sorts of outlandish origin stories for the untagged flaperon. And the fate of flight MH370 remains as mysterious as ever.
     
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    smichal A1 Dick Game

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    this is a very frustrating mystery
     
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    Almost everything floating around in the ocean is suspended inches below the surface. That'why boaters hit them.
     
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    :yippee:
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    I was just watching a documentary about it on the History channel this evening
     
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    Wake up people. The "conspirators" are fucking Clinton-funded dolphins trying to distract the public from the email scandal.
     
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    Well, then what plane is it from? Ponderous.
     
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    I thought hey found the plane on he moon?
     
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    Worst premise for a conspiracy, ever.
     
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    Yeah. Moon barnacles!
     
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    No, Whitey's on the moon.
     
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    This. It's the only logical explanation.

     
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    Finally!!!!

    Also, I adore the conspiracy theories this crash has spawned.
     
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    That was my favorite show when I was a kid, before I developed critical thinking skills. I still love to watch it on you tube. Those crazy synthesizer sound effects used to scare the shit out of me.
     
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    Do other planes besides the Boeing 800 have flaperons?
     
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    Yeah the synthesizer effects really added to the creepiness of the show. I still watch it on youtube, even though I don't believe a lot of the stuff like Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman and Lochness. You just have to suspend your belief and enjoy the ride.
     
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    Yeah, other planes have it but on the 777 it's crazy to watch because it's a giant piece of the flap moving up and down. Mostly noticeable on landing because it extends with the rest of the flaps, and compared to the relatively small aileron at the end of the wing, it moves a LOT with the pilot/auto pilot input on final approach and landing. Cool to watch.

    On most other planes, the aileron is separate from the flaps and it doesn't move in or out as the flaps do. So this flaperon grows in size as they extend the flaps.

     
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    A good view of it as well as the smaller fixed aileron at the end of the wing and the spoilers on top. All working together to create or retard lift on the wing.

     
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    i turned on the history channel, and some fat guy was buying a watch