What is the origin of the pieces of debris that have been allegedly found in the Maldives? Could they be from the MH370 Malaysian flight? According to a new report, they might just have come from a barge that had capsized months ago, in February. Experts believe it is impossible for the debris to have travelled both southward and northward of the equator.
Barge captain, Abdulla Rasheed, said in a statement to the news website Haveeru that the debris might belong to the cargo they were carrying earlier this year.
“From the pictures of the debris found on most of the islands, I can almost certainly say that they are from the cargo we were carrying,” he said.
The vessel had a load of 4,000 units of wall panels and other materials which were being shipped to a new resort in Raa Atoll. However, the barge had capsized on February 10.
Furthermore, experts have explained that MH370 debris could not have washed up in the Maldives if its flaperon has been found on Reunion Island.
Coastal oceanography expert, Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, from the University of Western Australia, said that the debris could not have washed up on either side of the equator.
“If the debris originated from where we’re talking about in the southern hemisphere, none of it actually goes northwards,” Prof Pattiaratchi said.
“It can’t cross the hemispheres because of the wind and the current patterns.”
As per the explanations of Pattiaratchi, it would be extremely difficult to reconcile between the two claims of having debris on Reunion Island and in the Maldives.
“It would be a big conundrum to see stuff in Reunion as well as Maldives. It could not have originated from MH370 in both cases,” Prof Pattiaratchi said.