Authorities in Malaysia and Australia are working to establish whether a piece of debris found off the southeast African coast, could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared two years ago.
While addressing a news conference, Malaysia transport minister, Liow Tong Lai said a team is in Australia to verify the debris and will also work together with representatives from Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer.
“We found the flaperon on La Reunion Island, the flaperon belongs to MH370 and we have studied the drifting pattern that the experts have already studied and they actually followed the drifting pattern. It actually landed on Mozambique beach and is actually also following that pattern. But I can’t confirm anything now because we need to verify the debris,” he added.
A white, metre-long chunk of metal was found off the coast of Mozambique earlier this week by a Blaine Gibson, an American tourist, who has been carrying out an independent search for the missing flight.
The Beijing bound plane disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board, shortly after taking off from Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The plane is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean.