South African cricketer Albie Morkel has discovered pieces of possible aircraft debris just east of Capetown, South Africa, which may be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to a Facebook post published last month.
Mr. Morkel granted MH370Latest permission to republish the pictures he took on December 22 while he played cricket with his son on a beach in Mossel Bay, according to a report by TMG Digital. He had asked his Facebook friends whom he should contact at the time but since then, Morkel has been in touch with authorities.
“I’ve been in touch with the ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) and authorities in Malaysia and will hand it over to SACAA (SA Civil Aviation Authority) once I’m back from vacation so that they can do further investigations,” he was quoted as saying.
Morkel, 35, is a current player for the Indian Premier League and former veteran of South Africa’s national team in the International Cricket Council.
This is not the first time pieces of debris have been discovered off the coast of Africa. In July 2015, independent MH370 investigator Blaine Gibson discovered a wing section known as a “flaperon” which would later match paint colour and maintenance records from MH370. It became the first piece of debris linked to MH370 since the flight went missing on March 8, 2014, just over a year before the discovery.
Most pieces of suspected debris have been found on the east coast of Africa in far-reaching places like Madagascar and Mozambique by independent investigators like Gibson and others. It even triggered next-of-kin family members to take an eight-day, self-funded trip to Madagascar in December to search for debris and raise awareness.
MH370Latest recently interviewed Professor of Oceanography Charitha Pattiaratchi who predicted the discovery one year earlier through his detailed drift models. They showed where likely debris might be discovered, based on satellite data which says the flight ended along the infamous Seventh Arc.
“The model is based on real ocean data including ocean and atmospheric measurements and satellite data,” he said.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Beijing at 12:41 a.m. on March 8, 2014. but air traffic controllers soon lost contact at 1:19 a.m. after the flights final, infamous transmission: “Good night, Malaysian Three Seven Zero.”