Australian and Malaysian officials say that two pieces of debris found separately in Mozambique are “almost certainly” from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which vanished in March 2014 with 239 people on board.
The two items were found separately by members of the public and flown to Australia for analysis.
Australia’s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the location of the items found were “consistent with drift modelling” of ocean currents and added they were “consistent with panels from a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft.” Malaysia’s Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, later added: “First, the two pieces of debris belong to Boeing 777 parts. Secondly, from the paint and the stencils of these two pieces, it is similar to MAS airlines paint. We conclude it is most certain it belongs to MH370.”
MH370 disappeared from commercial radar contact while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and the subsequent examination of satellite data suggests it may have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean. It is not known why the aircraft may have flown so far away from its intended route.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is leading a deep sea search in the southern Indian Ocean which has already scanned a vast area of the sea bed, but still has some 10,000 square miles of its defined search area to complete.