Two pieces of debris that were found on a beach in Mozambique are “almost certainly” from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, making it the second time that debris from the aircraft has been found.
Australian Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said in a statement on Thursday that an examination of the debris determined that both pieces are consistent with panels from a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft – of which only one is missing.
“The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370,” Chester said of the debris.
One piece of debris was found on a sandbank by an amateur American investigator in late February, while the other piece was found by a South African tourist in December, but it was not until recently that he realized it may have been from the missing aircraft.
The discovery of debris on Mozambique’s coast would be consistent with the aircraft having gone down in the southern Indian Ocean, where a search operation is continuing with several vessels. Debris from MH370 also washed up on Reunion Island last year.
“The search for MH370 continues. There are 25,000 square kilometers of the underwater search area still to be searched. We are focused on completing this task and remain hopeful the aircraft will be found,” the minister added.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, was operating a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared from civilian radar in the early morning of March 8, 2014. Investigators believe that the aircraft continued to fly for nearly seven more hours before crashing in the southern Indian Ocean west of Perth.
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