An American Private Investigator claims he has been warned he will be killed if he does not drop his independent investigation into the cause of the disappearance of flight MH370.
Self-described “plane hunter” Blaine Gibson, first hit the headlines in February 2016 when he claimed he had found debris from the doomed Malaysian Airlines jet washed up on a sandbank in Mozambique. The two-foot metal fragment had the words ‘No Step’ written on its side and was said to be from the passenger jet that disappeared under still mysterious circumstances in March of 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China.
According to the British Tabloid, The Sun, Gibson has since found more than 16 pieces of suspected wreckage which turned up on the Indian Ocean islands of La Reunion, Rodrigues, Madagascar and Mauritius and the coastlines of South Africa.
However, a respected aviation expert has recently revealed that since making his startling finds, Gibson has been receiving chilling death threats.
William Langewiesche, a pilot turned writer, has told the press that after the self-styled sleuth found the first piece of wreckage, “he began receiving death threats.”
“One message said that either he would stop looking for debris or he would leave Madagascar in a coffin,” said Langewiesche. “Another warned he would die of polonium poisoning…Gibson has been severely traumatized,” he added.
Plane Hunter in Hiding After Death Threats
The Sun reports that Langewiesche hooked up with Gibson in Kuala Lumpur where he has been “hiding,” since receiving the death threats.
“He largely avoids disclosing his location or travel plans, and for similar reasons avoids using email and rarely speaks over the telephone,” the author revealed. “He frequently swaps out his Sim cards. He believes he is sometimes followed and photographed.”
This reporter, and other so-called “conspiracy theorists” believe self-funded Gibson has every reason to be running scared. Here are a few reasons why he should take the threats on his life seriously:
- A diplomat investigating the disappearance was gunned down just as he was about to deliver “new evidence” to Malaysian investigators.
- Honorary Consul of Malaysia Zahid Raza was shot dead in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo in an apparent assassination in September 2017.
Gibson told Langewiesche that he was left “very rattled” by the news of Raza’s death. Raza was the conduit through which the wreckage Gibson recovered was to be funneled to Malaysian authorities.
Gibson told Langewiesche that he had planned to keep details of his latest finds under wraps until they had been safely transported off the island but changed his mind after Mr Raza was killed.
“For the protection of those involved we decided not to make this report public until the debris was safely delivered to Malaysia,” Gibson said. “However tragic events have intervened.”
Under the agreement between the two countries, debris is supposed to be collected by Hon. Zahid Raza, the Honorary Malaysian Consul in Madagascar, and delivered by private courier to Malaysia. But, “On August 24, the Hon. Zahid Raza was assassinated in Antananarivo,” Gibson said on his website.
An Unsolved Aviation Mystery
Like the disappearance of Amelia Earhart in 1937, Langewiesche believes that the mystery surrounding the downing of Malaysia Air MH370 may never be solved, even if the complete wreckage of the plane is eventually found. Writing for The Atlantic, he said, “finding the ‘Black Boxes’, will accomplish very little.”
“The cockpit voice recorder is a self-erasing two-hour loop,” writes Langewiesche, “and is likely to contain only the sounds of the final alarms going off, unless whoever was at the controls was still alive and in a mood to provide explanations for posterity. The other black box, the flight-data recorder, will provide information about the functioning of the airplane throughout the entire flight, but it will not reveal any relevant system failure, because no such failure can explain what occurred.”
The mystery surrounding MH370 has been a focus in continuing the investigation and a source of sometimes feverish public speculation. The loss devastated families on four continents. The idea that a sophisticated machine, with its modern instruments and redundant communications, could simply vanish seems beyond the realm of possibility. It is hard to permanently delete an email, and living off the grid is nearly unachievable even when the attempt is deliberate.
A Boeing 777 is meant to be electronically accessible at all times. The disappearance of the airplane has provoked a host of theories. Many are preposterous. All are given life by the fact that, in this age, commercial airplanes don’t just vanish.
And yet, this one did.