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MH370: Search for missing plane debris moves to Maldives

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/08/2015

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015. The two-metre-long debris, which appears to be a piece of a wing, was found by employees of an association cleaning the area and handed over to the air transport brigade of the French gendarmerie (BGTA), who have opened an investigation. An air safety expert did not exclude it could be a part of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YANNICK PITONYANNICK PITON/AFP/Getty Images
Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015. The two-metre-long debris, which appears to be a piece of a wing, was found by employees of an association cleaning the area and handed over to the air transport brigade of the French gendarmerie (BGTA), who have opened an investigation. An air safety expert did not exclude it could be a part of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YANNICK PITONYANNICK PITON/AFP/Getty Images

Malaysia is sending a team of experts to The Maldives to examine whether a piece of debris washed up there is connected to missing flight MH370.

Last week Malaysia said a wing fragment found 2,000 miles away on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion was confirmed to be from the Malaysia Airlines flight.

The plane went missing on March 8, 2014 with 239 people aboard while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Meanwhile, the search continued on Reunion. Local municipal workers combed the island's eastern shore, hefting bags they filled with whatever they found: old cloth, part of a tire, plastic bottles and other objects they found washed up on the rocks and sand.

But Malaysia's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said it was premature to speculate whether the debris found in The Maldives is connected to Flight 370.

He said the Malaysian team will first try to determine whether the debris is from a plane before proceeding further. He did not give details on what kind of debris was found.

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