PUTRAJAYA — September 13, 2016: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is in contact with South Africa, Mozambique and Madagascar as more debris, possibly from the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, are spotted in those countries.
Any possible debris would be made known to the DCA by the respective authorities and would initially be kept in their custody.
“Upon initial verification via photographic evidence, we will then either send a team to retrieve the debris or request the authorities to courier the debris to Malaysia,” said DCA Director-General Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman today.
Alternatively, the DCA will obtain the assistance of the nearest high commissioner to retrieve the debris and courier the debris to Malaysia.
The department is in the process of obtaining assistance from Malaysian envoys to retrieve the debris.
The DCA has been officially notified by the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre of the debris found by an American, Blaine Gibson, in Madagascar recently which was handed to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) yesterday.
In an agreement with ATSB, any debris found would be analysed and examined in Canberra.
Flight MH370, with 239 passengers and crew, disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
The plane has yet to be found despite a massive search operation in the southern Indian Ocean where it was believed to have ended its flight.
Last July 22, Malaysia, China and Australia agreed to suspend but not terminate the search for the aircraft upon completion of the priority 120,000 sq km search area, which may be wrapped up between next month and December. — Bernama