KUALA LUMPUR, (Xinhua) --
A Malaysian official said on Friday that 22 pieces of debris
have been found so far along coasts off South Africa,
Mozambique, Mauritius and Tanzania, among which two have been
confirmed while another four are “almost certain” to be part of
the MH370 aircraft.
Minister Liow Tiong Lai made the remarks a day after a piece of
debris found on the island of Pemba, off the coast of Tanzania
in June this year was confirmed to be an inboard section of the
outboard flap on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama, Liow said Thursday’s
conclusion, along with the confirmation of the plane’s flaperon,
found on Reunion Island in July last year, could help
investigators unravel how the incident had actually happened to
the missing aircraft.
Apart from the two
confirmed and the four pieces with high possibility, Liow said
the rest were hard to determine because there were no serial
number nor any other details on them.
According to a
summary report posted online by the Malaysian government in
August, more than a dozen items of the discovered pieces are
Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Liow added the drifting
pattern of the debris showed that the search operation was
within the right area.
To date, the search
for the missing aircraft has covered more than 110,000 square
kilometers in the southern Indian Ocean, off Australia’s west
The government of
Malaysia, Australia and China jointly announced in July that the
search operation would be suspended upon completion of the
current search area, but promised to resume search should new
Large piece of aircraft debris
found in Tanzania from MH370: Aussie authorities
CANBERRA, (Xinhua) --
A large piece of airline debris found off the
coast of Tanzania and examined in Australia has been determined
to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, authorities
A statement from the
Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the piece,
found on June 20 this year, was part of an outboard flap from
the Boeing 777 jet.
“It was confirmed
(the part) was the inboard section of a Boeing 777 right,
outboard flap, originating from the Malaysian Airlines aircraft
registered 9M-MRO,” a statement released late on Thursday said.
“The part was
preliminarily identified from photographs as an inboard section
of a Boeing 777 outboard flap.”
“On arrival at the
ATSB, several part numbers were immediately located on the
debris that confirmed the preliminary identification. This was
consistent with the physical appearance, dimensions and
construction of the part.”
“A date stamp
associated with one of the part numbers indicated manufacture on
23 January 2002, which was consistent with the 31 May 2002
delivery date for 9M-MRO.”
The ATSB said now
the part is confirmed to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines
jet, work can begin to determine if the flap holds any clues as
to how and where MH370 was brought down.
ocean search for MH370 is due to wrap up by the end of the year,
as more than 110,000 square kilometers of a 120,000 square
kilometer zone has been searched. Australian, Chinese and
Malaysian authorities agreed that if no trace of the jet was
found in the zone, the search would be suspended indefinitely.
MH370 was a
scheduled passenger service from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It
disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on