Suspected aircraft debris has been found on the coast of Mozambique, and Malaysia’s transport minister said Wednesday there was a “high possibility” it came from a Boeing 777, the same model as missing flight MH370. “Based an early reports, high possibility debris found in Mozambique belongs to a B777,” Liow Tiong Lai said on his Twitter feed.
US television network NBC earlier reported a piece of debris had been found along the eastern African coast between Mozambique and Madagascar. If confirmed, it would be the second piece of debris found from MH370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014 while on a routine overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard.
Last July, a man on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion found a wing fragment that experts later determined came from the Malaysia Airlines flight, the only confirmed evidence of the plane’s fate so far. Citing US, Malaysian and Australian investigators who had seen photos of the object, NBC said the Mozambique debris could be a horizontal stabiliser — a wing-like part attached to the tail.
Liow said Malaysia was working with Australia, which is coordinating an Indian Ocean search for the ill-fated jumbo jet, to retrieve the debris for closer study. Liow stressed the origin of the item was “yet to be confirmed and verified”. “I urge everyone to avoid undue speculation as we are not able to conclude that the debris belongs to MH370 at this time,” the transport minister said. The find comes just days before the two-year anniversary of MH370’s disappearance.
Investigators believe the plane rerouted to the southern Indian Ocean, where it crashed, but no site has been found and the cause of the disaster remains unknown.