MH370 Latest: Debris Washed Up In Mauritius And South Africa 'Almost Certainly' From Malaysia Airlines Plane

It brings the total of pieces found to five.

12/05/2016 09:10
A Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion is seen on low level cloud while the aircraft searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Pieces of debris that washed up two months ago are "almost certainly" parts of the lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that vanished two years ago with 239 people on board.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the two new parts were an engine cowling piece with a partial Rolls-Royce logo and an interior panel piece from an aircraft cabin - the first interior part found from the missing plane.

Despite a massive search, what happened to the airliner has remained a mystery but pieces of debris have been found to suggest it crashed in the Indian Ocean.

An international team of experts in Australia who examined the debris concluded that both pieces were consistent with panels found on a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft, he said.

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Debris found in South Africa is "almost certainly" from MH370

In a statement, Lai said: "As such, the team has confirmed that both pieces of debris from South Africa and Rodrigues Island are almost certainly from MH370."

The interior part, identified by its decorative laminate, is a panel from the main cabin and believed to be part of a door closet, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a report.

It was found by tourists on Rodrigues Island, east of Mauritius.

Investigators are examining marine life attached to the debris to see if it could somehow help them narrow down where it entered the ocean, but haven't discovered anything useful yet, the Associated Press reported.

The second piece of debris was found by an archaeologist while walking along South Africa's southern coast.

Five pieces of debris have been found from the lost jet

In July the first confirmed part of the Boeing 777 - a flaperon - washed up on Reunion Island in the western Indian Ocean.

Two other pieces of debris discovered along the coast of Mozambique have also been branded as “highly likely” to be part of the missing jet.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan said drift modelling indicated that debris could have floated to the island from where they believed the missing plane crashed 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) southwest of Australia.

Flight MH370, along with all 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, vanished on 8 March 2014.

So far, search teams have combed more than 40,000 square miles of an underwater search zone to no avail. They expect to complete their sweep of the area by the end of June.

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