PUTRAJAYA — March 22, 2016: A piece of debris, possibily from the inlet cowling of an aircraft engine was discovered along the southern coast of South Africa, near the town of Mosselbay today.
But further examination and analysis are required to verify if the debris belonged to the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong LaiHe said the ministry and the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) have been in close contact with the South African Civil Aviation Authority on this. A team will be despatched to retrieve the debris.
The Boeing 777 jetliner with 239 people on board vanished from the radar during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
Currently, search efforts are conducted in the southern Indian Ocean where Flight MH370’s final flight path is believed to have ended.
Early this month, two pieces of debris were discovered in Mozambique. The examination process was scheduled to start yesterday in Australia.
The MH370 safety investigation team is assisting in the examination and analysis by experts from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, DCA, Malaysia Airlines and Boeing to verify their origins.
The only piece of MH370 debris recovered so far is a fragment of a wing that washed up on a beach off France’s Reunion Island in July last year. — Bernama