Kuala Lumpur: An object which could be debris from the missing plane MH370 was found…
The transport ministers of Australia and Malaysia say two plane parts found in Mozambique almost certainly came from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
The two pieces of debris were found separately by members of the public and were flown to Australia for analysis.
Australian’s Darren Chester said the finds were “consistent with drift modelling” of ocean currents.
MH370 vanished in March 2014 with 239 people on board.
It went out of contact while flying from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Satellite data suggests it likely went down in the southern Indian Ocean after veering off course for unknown reasons.
The fate of the plane, its passengers and crew remains one of aviation’s biggest unsolved mysteries.
One of the parts retrieved in Mozambique was found on a sandbank by an amateur US investigator in late February. That find prompted a South African tourist to come forward with a piece he found in Mozambique in December.
Photo composite of MH370-linked debris
1. A section of wing called a flaperon, found on Reunion Island in July 2015 – the only piece confirmed to have come from MH370 so far
2. Piece found in Mozambique in December 2015 – “almost certainly” from the plane
3. Piece found in Mozambique in February 2016 – “almost certainly” from the plane
4. Piece with partial Rolls-Royce logo found in March 2016 in South Africa – in the process of being examined
Mr Chester said the investigation team had finished examining the debris and found both were “consistent with panels from a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft”, the same make as the missing plane.
“The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370,” he said in a statement, adding that it showed that the vast deep-sea search for the plane in the southern Indian Ocean, being led by Australia, was focusing on the right place.