Two plane debris ‘almost certainly’ from MH370

Kuala Lumpur, May 12 (IANS) Examinations on two pieces of plane debris found in South Africa and Mauritius have been completed and experts concluded they “almost certainly” belonged to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai on Thursday said following the “thorough examination” by the international experts, the Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team concluded that both pieces of debris “are consistent with panels found on a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft”, The Malaysian Star reported.

“As such, the team has confirmed that both pieces of debris from South Africa and Rodrigues Island are almost certainly from MH370,” Liow said.

“This complements the results from the previous examination in March during which the team confirmed that the Mozambique debris were almost certainly from MH370,” he added.

The two pieces of debris discovered in South Africa and Rodrigues Island were an engine cowling piece with a partial Rolls-Royce logo and an interior panel piece from an aircraft cabin.

Earlier, Malaysian and Australian authorities confirmed that two pieces of debris found in Mozambique originated from the missing flight.

Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board.

Its journey is believed to have ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

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