Published on : Thursday, May 12, 2016
Malaysia’s government had said that two more pieces of debris of the ill-fated MH370 have been discovered in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off Mauritius. The aircraft mysteriously disappeared more than two years ago with 239 people on board, and so far, an extensive underwater search of vast area of the Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast has turned up in vain.
With the announcement, a total of five pieces of debris from the suspected Malaysian Airlines’ jet have been found. it is now been discovered in various spots around the Indian Ocean since it vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
As Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said, these two new pieces were an engine cowling piece with a partial Rolls-Royce logo and an interior panel piece from an aircraft cabin and is the first discovered interior part of the missing plane.
An international team of experts in Australia came to the conclusion after thorough examination that both pieces were consistent with panels found on a Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 aircraft. Both the pieces of debris from South Africa and Rodrigues Island are almost certainly from MH370.
Flight 370 is believed to have crashed somewhere in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean about 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) off Australia’s west coast. Any debris from the plane that isn’t on the ocean floor would eventually be carried by currents to the east coast of Africa as predicted by the authorities.