With the second anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 falling next week, a piece of suspected plane debris found on the east African coast is to be sent to Australia for examination.Malaysian officials said a small piece of debris washed up in Mozambique could be from a B777, the same type of aircraft as the missing MH370.
“Based on early reports, high possibility debris found in Mozambique belongs to a B777,” tweeted Malaysia’s transport minister, Liow Tiong Lai. He warned, however, against “undue speculation as we are not able to conclude that the debris belongs to #mh370 at this time”.
The fragment of suspected aircraft wreckage was reportedly found by a professional hunter for the aircraft.
Some experts who looked at the fragment of wreckage online said that it did not have enough marine life on it to have been immersed in seawater for two years. Others said it appeared to be from a plane, but maybe not a B777.
MH370 vanished on 8 March 2014 on a routine overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard, in the greatest aviation mystery of all time.
Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said yesterday the chunk of debris was about one metre (three feet) long. He said it was “too early to speculate on the origin of the debris at this stage”, but confirmed it would be “transferred to Australia where it will be examined by officials from Australia and Malaysia, as well as international specialists”.
Chester mentioned the find in Parliament, when he proposed a vote of sympathy to mark the second anniversary of the plane’s disappearance. He conceded that MH370 might never be found and the cause of the disaster never established, but said all attempts were being made to locate it.
A ‘flaperon’ wing fragment washed ashore on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion last July remains the only confirmed piece of MH370 ever found.
Written by Peter Needham