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Aircraft parts wash up on local beach - Transkei

Unread post by Steve » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:20 am

This morning, a local person found some items that washed up on a beach on the Transkei coast near East London that looked like they could be from an aircraft. They sent the cell phone pics taken of these parts to one of our local aviators and the pics have been sent to our local ATC who will circulate them and notify the relevant authorities.

Can anyone identify perhaps what type of aircraft they are from?
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Re: Aircraft parts wash up on local beach - Transkei

Unread post by Iceberg » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:21 am

More pieces from MH370 perhaps?
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Unread post by Ray W » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:24 am

Iceberg wrote:More pieces from MH370 perhaps?
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Unread post by GL » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:50 am

Looks like only one piece - but big enough to easily identify. 777 flap track canoe perhaps?
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Unread post by Spoke Eagle » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:41 am

If it is from MH 370 at least it looks more authentic with barnicles et al.
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Re: Aircraft parts wash up on local beach - Transkei

Unread post by MadMacs » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:45 am

Maybe the front part of a B747 flap track canoe fairing? On second thoughts maybe not.

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Re: Aircraft parts wash up on local beach - Transkei

Unread post by Sea Rescue » Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:03 pm

Interesting ? - (from me - still not MH370 - and I still don't believe it went into the sea.)
The comment that it could be a flap "canoe" is indicative of the fact that it appears to be "rounded". Could it not be part of a cowling from the S.A.A. Viscount (Rietbok) which crashed into the sea off East London "yonks ago" ? The first photo shows what looks like the radiator of an oil cooler ? - but it may well only be a crushed section of the Honeycomb structure ?

Those Rolls-Royce Dart Turboprops had long sleek engine cowlings.

My logic says 'no' not the Viscount because the Agulhas current generally runs South from East London and the Transkei coast is a little North of East London - however from my sea faring experience I have seen that as in clouds or wind, in water one current could curve inside another and whilst in one spot it may flow "there", at another and closer in, it may flow "here" ? So who knows ?? Whatever the part, It has sure taken long enough to beach. The type of structure may well indicate whether it should be linked to aviation or anything maritime ?
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Unread post by Euro Flyer » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:03 pm

Part of the gear door but on the other side perhaps??

There's what looks like a control rod in the second image above.
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Unread post by HJK 414 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:55 pm

Sea Rescue wrote:.........Interesting ? - (from me - still not MH370 - and I still don't believe it went into the sea.)
Sea Rescue - What I find interesting is the comment - that you believe she is not in the sea ........
We go back 40 years, and I take your comments very serious .......
Care to elaborate ? ... Have you been doing research ?? Or contact with IG ??

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Re: Aircraft parts wash up on local beach - Transkei

Unread post by MadMacs » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:59 pm

The Rietbok would not have had that type of fibre glass with honeycomb sandwich, their panels would have been aluminium. The linkage in that fairing indicates that it could be from a moveable sailboat type fairing but from which aircraft it's hard to say. Also remember there have been a few aircraft crashing in the Indian ocean, Helderberg and if I remember correctly an Air India B747.
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Unread post by HJK 414 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:07 pm

MadMacs wrote:The Rietbok would not have had that type of fibre glass with honeycomb sandwich, their panels would have been aluminium. The linkage in that fairing indicates that it could be from a moveable sailboat type fairing but from which aircraft it's hard to say. Also remember there have been a few aircraft crashing in the Indian ocean, Helderberg and if I remember correctly an Air India B747.
Agree ....... the parts are probably from "modern" technology with the honeycomb ......
Fairing sounds logical - but without part nrs ...... you will have no certainty ......
The fairings on 777 / 747 etc. are too similar ........
Perhaps a nr on the "control" linkage !

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Re: Aircraft parts wash up on local beach - Transkei

Unread post by AslamKhan » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:29 am

Good morning
Thank you for including me in the forum.
My name is Aslam Khan from AAIB Malaysia. I am involved in the missing MH370 investigation.

The photos posted of the debris indicate that it is an Aircraft component. The profile looks like a wing to body fairing or flap track fairing. (As identified in subsequent postings)

PLEASE inform the person who found it to contact the South African CAA. Possible contact point could be the local airport and they could contact the duty officer at the CAA SA.

Appreciate if the DEBRIS can be placed in a plastic bag ( big garbage bag will work ) and then into a cardboard / carton box. We would like to examine it in detail to identify if it is from a B777 n possible link to MH370.

Thank you for your kind assistance and God Bless.

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Re: Aircraft parts wash up on local beach - Transkei

Unread post by Steve » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:13 am

AslamKhan wrote:Good morning
Thank you for including me in the forum.
My name is Aslam Khan from AAIB Malaysia. I am involved in the missing MH370 investigation.
Hi Aslam,

Welcome to AVCOM. I have sent you an e-mail with the contact details for the individual who can assist you further.
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Unread post by AslamKhan » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:06 am

Hello Steve

Thank you for the contact details. :)

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Re: Aircraft parts wash up on local beach - Transkei

Unread post by flypiper » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:23 pm

Hi Sea R .
Dont forget about the Buck that ended up in the drink of Durbs many moons ago streems could take it to that spot.
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