To find a lost plane in a vast ocean, first determine where it most likely crashed and then mark that point as the last place to look.
Aeroplanes are made up of aerodynamic surfaces that are affected by water as much as they are affected by air. Ten knots of current will relocate any submerged aircraft and anything that floats will be affected by wind and current, so it’s little wonder that debris from MH370 has been found thousands of kilometres from the search zone.
And flotsam is no indication of where the fuselage, which may have wings still attached, might be.
Australia is bearing the major cost of the search and it’s time to stop the pain for relatives who are waiting for closure while desperately clinging to nutty conspiracy theories.
The vastness of the Southern Indian Ocean is not understood by those who have ordered the extended search. Unfortunately this and other debris that will eventually wash up east of Africa will buoy public expectation that the pointless search will continue.
Flaperons (airbrakes) were extended, indicating someone was trying to land the plane well below cruising speed, otherwise the airbrakes would have been ripped off.
This means the aircraft could be partially intact, which in turn means it would likely have been more affected by currents than expected. It could be anywhere with no relationship to where debris floated to.
All we will learn about the mysterious flight of MH370 is what we deduce from plenty of debris that must eventually find some shoreline.
…and we have already learnt a lot from the position of those airbrakes.
[Correction: the part appears to be a flap but the question remains if it was extended the configuration appears to have had human input… interesting.]