MH370: Debris found in Mozambique has 'high possibility' of belonging to missing Malaysia Airlines flight
Debris found on a beach in Mozambique has a "high possibility" of belonging to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the transport minister has said.
Flight MH370 lost communications and made a sharp turn away from its Beijing destination as it travelled from Kuala Lumpur before disappearing in March 2014 with 239 people on board.
Based on early reports, high possibility debris found in Mozambique belongs to a B777. (1/3)— Liow Tiong Lai (@liowtionglai) March 2, 2016
In a statement Australia's minister for infrastructure and transport Darren Chester said the location of the debris is consistent with drift modelling commissioned by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and reaffirms the search area for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.
The piece of metal which is 1m long was found on a beach at the weekend.
The debris is to be transferred to Australia where it will be examined by officials from Australia and Malaysia, as well as international specialists.
Mr Chester added: "As we approach the second year anniversary, our thoughts remain with the loved ones of those on board and in particular those who have called Australia home."
Malaysia's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Twitter that based on early reports, there was a "high possibility debris found in Mozambique belongs to a B777".
But he said: "I urge everyone to avoid undue speculation as we are not able to conclude that the debris belongs to MH370 at this time."
A vast seabed search started in October last year led by Australia based on satellite analysis of the jet's flight for more than six hours after it went off course.
If the piece of metal is confirmed to be from the missing Boeing 777 it will be the second piece of debris from the aircraft discovered.
It is yet to be confirmed & verified. @dca_malaysia working w Australian counterparts to retrieve the debris. (2/3)— Liow Tiong Lai (@liowtionglai) March 2, 2016
In August 2015 a maintenance seal and other details proved that a wing part found on an Indian Ocean island belonged to the missing plane.,
I urged everyone to avoid undue speculation as we are not able to conclude that the debris belongs to #mh370 at this time. (3/3)— Liow Tiong Lai (@liowtionglai) March 2, 2016
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