Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Update: Mauritius and South Africa Debris From Missing Plane
Debris found in Mauritius and South Africa “almost certainly” came from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane, according to a new report.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Update
Earlier this year, guests at a hotel on Rodrigues Island, which is roughly 350 miles from Mauritius Island, found an interior panel from an aircraft cabin. And, in Mossell Bay, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, a local archaeologist named Neels Kruger discovered an engine cowling with a Rolls Royce logo. The Malaysian Minister of Transport is now saying that both debris items are likely from MH370.
“The team has confirmed that both pieces of debris from South Africa and Rodrigues Island are almost certainly from MH370,” a statement from Malaysian Minister of Transport says.
Back in March, it was confirmed that debris found in Mozambique was from the wreckage of MH370. The two pieces of debris that were found in Mozambique – one of which was stamped with “676EB” and the other emblazoned with “NO STEP” – were positively identified as being from the Malaysia Airlines plane after undergoing testing in Canberra, according to the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau.
“The dimensions, materials and construction of both parts conform to the specifications of a Boeing 777 aircraft,” read an update from the ATSB at the time. “The paint and stenciling on both parts match those used by Malaysia Airlines; and as such, both parts are consistent with panels from a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft, and are almost certainly from MH370.”
The first article of debris that was proven to be from Flight MH370 was a flaperon that was discovered last year on Reunion Inland in the French Indian Ocean.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing March 8, 2014 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. In the two years since the plane inexplicably went off the radar, officials have been unable to recover the wreckage.
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