Mozambique debris "almost certainly" from missing MH370

Two pieces of debris recovered from Mozambique, which arrived in Australia for inspection this week, are "highly likely" to have come from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an Australian minister said Thursday.

The examination of the wreckage has been completed, said Darren Chester, minister for infrastructure and transport, and the investigating team has found that both pieces of debris are consistent with panels from a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft.

"The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370," Chester said.

"That such debris has been found on the east coast of Africa is consistent with drift modelling performed by [the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation] and further affirms our search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean."

The Beijing-bound flight disappeared with 239 passengers and crew on board, shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur in March 2014.

A US lawyer, Blaine Gibson, who has been funding his own search for the plane, found a metre-long piece of metal on a Mozambique beach last month. 

A few days later, a South African teen said he had found a similar item on another beach in Mozambique while on vacation in December.

The two pieces arrived in Canberra on March 20 for an examination by investigators from Australia and Malaysia, as well as specialists from Boeing, Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University.

The Australian-led international search team has yet to locate the missing airliner, which is thought to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

More than 90,000 square kilometers of the underwater area in the ocean has been scoured by the team, who will end the search in July.

Only a wing part recovered from a beach on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion had been confirmed as coming from the missing craft so far.

"A further piece of possible aircraft debris, suspected to be the cowling from an engine, has been found in South Africa," the Australian-led team said on Wednesday.

"The Malaysian government is working with South African officials to arrange for the examination of the debris."

Last update: Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:58
Author: 

More from World

At least 17 die in latest Chinese coal mine accident

Seventeen people are confirmed dead and "many others" are trapped after an explosion at a coal mine in northern...

Hawkish state-run Chinese paper slams Trump's Taiwan call as "petty"

China's most hawkish state-run tabloid denounced the phone call between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and US...

Gambia's president-elect promises national unity and economic growth

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow vowed to work for national unity and economic growth after power was peacefully...

South Korean opposition parties table impeachment motion against Park

South Korea's three main opposition parties filed an impeachment motion in parliament against embattled President...

Trump breaks with decades-old US policy in call with Taiwan president

US president-elect Donald Trump telephoned with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan on Friday in a move widely...