Australian and Malaysian Officials Say Debris Found on African Beach Are ‘Almost Certainly’ From MH370


Debris found on a beach in the African nation of Mozambique in late February are “almost certainly” from Malaysian Airlines flight 370, both Australian and Malaysian officials said Wednesday, following an analysis of the two pieces of debris.

“The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370,” Australia’s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said in a statement, referring to the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft which vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China. The statement said the pieces of debris “are consistent with panels” from such an aircraft.

Chester added, “That such debris has been found on the east coast of Africa is consistent with drift modelling performed by CSIRO and further affirms our search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean.”

Malaysia’s Minister of Transport, Y.B. Dato’Sri Liow Tiong Lai, echoed Chester, saying in a statement, “The dimensions, materials and construction of both parts conform to the specifications of a Boeing 777 aircraft. The paint and stencilling on both parts match those used by Malaysia Airlines. As such, both parts are consistent with panels from a MAS Boeing 777 aircraft, and almost certainly are from MH370.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, David Caplan