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Plane dragged up in fishing net ‘inspired by MH370’

August 8, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A fishing trawler operating off Auckland in New Zealand dragged up part of a plane in its fishing net yesterday and crew found a body among the wreckage.

The wreckage is believed to be consistent with an aircraft flown by missing Auckland pilot Daroish Kraidy, 53.

Kraidy’s homemade small plane disappeared from radar in March after taking off from Ardmore Airport, south east of Auckland.

Mew Zealand media drew parallels at the time to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370, which went missing about two weeks before. The radar transponders of both planes were switched off soon after take-off, no distress messages were sent and the planes simply disappeared, leaving investigators baffled.

Obviously, there are massive differences: one plane was a small aircraft with a single pilot and the other was a large passenger jet with 239 passengers and crew aboard. But Kraidy’s wife Judy believes her husband, who had fuel for a 300km trip, kept flying straight out to sea until he crashed.

“With the Malaysia Air plane disappearing, I think that put the idea into his head – just disappear – and he knew he could do it,” she told the Sunday Star Times in New Zealand.

Kraidy’s small plane, if that’s what the fishing trawler has dragged up, has proved rather easier to locate that MH370, no trace of which has ever been found.

Written by Peter Needham

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