PUTRAJAYA — Nov. 30, 2018: Five pieces of debris believed to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were handed over to Transport Minister Anthony Loke today by a group of relatives of those on board.
The pieces were found at three locations in Madagascar between December 2016 and last August.
Flight MH370, with 239 people onboard, disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, and remains one of world aviation’s greatest mysteries.
Loke said the debris, including what appeared to look like an aircraft floor panel, would be handed to the MH370 safety investigation team for immediate verification.
“As I mentioned in Parliament yesterday, we have never closed down any possibilities. If there are credible leads, after discussions and our authorities think there are credible leads, we are prepared to reopen the search,” he told reporters.
Independent investigator Blaine Alan Gibson, who brought the debris to the relatives, said the pieces were found by fishermen and locals in Madagascar. One is believed to be the floor panel of a Boeing 777, which was found last year in southern Madagascar.
Gibson said he had also consulted independent experts who said the piece was likely to be the floor panel.
Grace Nathan, daughter of passenger Anne Daisy, asked the government not to close down any chance to search for MH370.
“The debris continue to wash up on shore. This means we should not stop looking for the plane. Why should we turn a blind eye towards evidence that washes up ashore? There are companies who are willing to search on ‘no find, no fee’ basis.
It was reported that 27 pieces of aircraft debris had been collected from various places around the world but only three wing fragments washed up ashore in the Indian Ocean have been confirmed to be from MH370.
The deep-sea search mission carried out for almost three years to locate the missing plane in the Indian Ocean covered 120,000 sq km and involved Australia, China and Malaysia.
On May 29, exploration company Ocean Infinity, which conducted the last search for MH370, ended it after failing to find any debris. — Bernama