THE overwhelming perception of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and its 239 passengers on March 8, 2014 is that there has been a monumental cover up.
From the initial refusal of the Malaysians to release the full cargo manifest to confusion over whether the plane was tracked by military radar or not, the combined effect of withholding information while spreading disinformation has been less muddy waters than impenetrable swamp.
Less than two weeks before the second anniversary of the Boeing 777’s disappearance, we have an astonishing situation where an accurate reconstruction of events is impossible because vital questions have still not been answered. Those questions relate to, among other things, radar anomalies and secrecy surrounding the French analysis of the barnacle-encrusted flaperon found on La Reunion last July — the only MH370 debris that has ever been found.
The public may be surprised to learn that the full French report has yet to be released. Members of the highly respected MH370 Independent Group (IG) have carried out their own analyses based on photographs of the wing part but the French, bound by judicial protocol, have shared their findings with Malaysia only.
Barring a leak or a court order, the only way we will know what information the flaperon has yielded is if Malaysia includes the findings in its next MH370 progress report, due out on March 8.