Two pieces of debris that washed ashore the beaches of Mozambique are “almost certainly” pieces of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, Australian officials said Thursday.
A U.S. lawyer and a South African teenager found the two pieces of debris in March, and they were later shipped to Malaysia for verification, CNN reports.
“The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370,” said Darren Chester, Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
The discovery suggests the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, though officials still cannot say definitively what happened to the aircraft.
“The dimensions, materials and construction of both parts conform to the specifications of a Boeing 777 aircraft,” Chester
said in a statement. “As such, both parts are consistent with panels from a MAS Boeing 777 aircraft, and almost certainly are from MH370.”
A piece of the plane’s wing was found on Reunion Island, an island off the coast of Madagascar
and not too far from Mozambique, in July of 2015.
The flight departed from Kuala Lumpur March 8, 2014 a little after midnight. The 239 passengers were headed to Beijing expecting a flight lasting a little more than six hours, but air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane and only know it went off course. A massive search effort failed to find the plane, but pieces of debris have slowly begun to appear. The passengers are presumed dead.
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