When news about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 broke out two years ago, Blaine Alan Gibson was at his home sorting out boxes of his parents’ belongings.
He had just sold off his family home of 45 years and somehow, the news that the Beijing-bound plane vanished shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, had hit him hard emotionally. Curious over what could have happened to the Boeing 777 and the fate of the 239 people on board, the 58-year-old lawyer and blogger decided to make it his personal crusade to resolve the mystery.
His quest soon took him to various places and countries.
Not only did he comb the shorelines and beaches for any debris that could point him to finding the plane, he also worked meticulously on information and interviewing witnesses to learn more about the incident.
His first break came on February 28, when he found a piece of a panel in a sandbank of Paluma, about 10km from the coastal town of Vilankulosson, Mozambique.
“Someone spotted it and gave it to me. It looked like a piece of a plane but I cannot say for sure if it is from MH370.”
Last July, a wing fragment was found washed ashore the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, later confirmed to be from MH370. It was about 2,100km between the two sites. After handing over the debris to the aviation authority, Gibson flew to Kuala Lumpur to attend the memorial for MH370, attended by relatives and family members of the Malaysian passengers. Gibson said this was not the first time he attended the memorial. He was here last year and met some of the family members.
On the possible theory on what happened to the plane and its passengers and crew, Gibson has none. “I want to find the truth. That is my objective.”
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