Published on : Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Two pieces of debris recovered from beaches in Mozambique almost certainly belong to the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. As reported by the Australian officials, the two pieces of wreckage, one found on 27 December 2015 and the other found 135 miles away on 27 February this year, were confirmed to have come from the missing plane after a long investigation from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).
Quoting from the report, “part no.1 was a flap track fairing segment, almost certainly from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft, registered 9M-MRO,” and “part no. 2 was a horizontal stabilizer panel segment, almost certainly from the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft, registered 9M-MRO”.
Visible marine ecology was present on both parts and these items were removed and preserved.
Two more pieces of debris, including a suspected engine part and piece of cabin, have arrived in Canberra for further testing. With only one missing Boeing 777 in the world, investigators can be confident it is a piece of MH370.
However, as the investigation is being carried on, the other wreckage parts available should be matched with the serial numbers of the confirmed pieces.
According to officials, the debris washing up on the East African coast is consistent with computer models showing how ocean drift would carry the wreckage across the seas.
A South African holidaymaker and an American blogger actually made the discovery of these remnants when they came after a flaperon from the missing plane’s wing was found on the shores of Réunion, in the Indian Ocean.
MH370’s disappearance is one of the world’s biggest aviation mysteries. The plane vanished from radar on 8 March, 2014 while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, with 239 people, including five Indians, on board.