The man who has found over half of all the known debris from MH370 is concerned that conspiracy theories still abound over the tragic loss that claimed 239 lives almost seven years ago.
Speaking exclusively with AirlineRatings.com ahead of the imminent release on yet another conspiracy theory book, “The Disappearing Act: The Impossible Case of MH370” by journalist Florence de Changy, Mr. Gibson says that her claim the Boeing 777 was shot down off southern Vietnam by a fighter aircraft or by a laser beam “is not supported by a shred of debris evidence.”
Incredibly, Ms. Changy’s book is the 130th written about the disappearance of MH370.
In an interview with Express.co.uk in London, Ms. de Changy says; “It’s an insult to pretend a Boeing-777 could vanish without a trace. It is not credible.”
Yet hundreds of aircraft have disappeared without a trace over the past 100 years but for MH370 a total of 33 pieces of debris have been recovered by 16 different people in six different countries, none of whom know each other.
According to Mr. Gibson, at least half of the pieces of debris have been firmly identified as coming from MH370 or a 777.
Critically the two largest pieces – the flaperon and flap – were positively identified as from MH370.
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Mr. Gibson said when MH370 first disappeared he went to Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar to look for debris and it was not till after the flaperon was found on Reunion Island in July 2015 that he turned his attention to the southern Indian ocean.
“I started objectively and ignored all the satellite data as I didn’t really understand it at the time but once the flaperon was found I focused on the southern Indian Ocean.”
“Initially on Mauritius, I found nothing as I was about six months too early but then the debris started washing up,” Mr. Gibson said.
“Not one piece of debris has turned up in the South China Sea – not one,” Mr. Gibson said.
“There is no evidence for this theory and in fact, all the physical and scientific evidence points to the contrary.”
Ms. Changy also speaks highly of the captain who is accused of murder-suicide despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary.
“I found he was a good, noble, decent guy,” Ms. Changy said.
Yet a News Corp investigation by multi Walkley* awarding journalist Paul Toohey found the opposite was the case.
Mr. Toohey alleged that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah used Facebook to pursue Malaysian twin-sister models 34 years younger than him in the year before the tragic disappearance of the Boeing 777.
The News Corp investigation also revealed a psychologist believes Zaharie, the pilot-in-command when MH370 flew to its doom, “exhibited self-destructive and obsessive online behavior that should have raised a red flag with Malaysia Airlines”.
The investigation found that Zaharie, a married 53-year-old, did not bother to conceal his identity, and “openly chased much younger women on social media and risked his career by putting his name to rants against the ruling government, which owned the airline for which he flew”.
Mr. Gibson adds that for Ms. Changy’s shootdown theory to work it would involve a conspiracy between a host of countries and an almost impossible clean-up job.
“It is just unimaginable,” Mr. Gibson said.
Mr. Gibson urges that it is “time to end baseless crazy conspiracy theories for MH370.”
“I have just one message for all the conspiracy theorists out there.”
“Man did land on the moon, JFK was assassinated, 911 did happen, Trump lost the US election, Coronavirus is real, the world is round and MH370 did crash in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
*The Walkley is the highest journalist award in Australia.