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Suspected MH370 debris handed to Malaysian experts

Mozambican civil aviation authorities on Monday handed over suspected debris from missing flight MH370 to Malaysian experts after the piece was found by an American amateur investigator.

world Updated: Mar 07, 2016 22:27 IST
An undated handout photo shows a suspected piece of aircraft debris found on the coast of Mozambique.
An undated handout photo shows a suspected piece of aircraft debris found on the coast of Mozambique.(AFP Photo)

Mozambican civil aviation authorities on Monday handed over suspected debris from missing flight MH370 to Malaysian experts after the piece was found by an American amateur investigator.

The debris, which was picked up on the Mozambique coastline, could provide fresh clues into the mystery of the Malaysia Airlines flight, which disappeared two years ago.

“We officially gave the piece to the Malaysian experts this morning,” Joao de Abreu, president of Mozambique’s Civil Aviation Institute, told AFP.

“If it is revealed that it belongs to MH370, then these experts will come back to Mozambique to launch more extensive searches.”

The Malaysian team will leave Maputo on Tuesday and the piece will be taken on to Australia for analysis.

It was found last week on a sandbank near the town of Vilankulo by Blaine Gibson, a lawyer from Seattle who has travelled the world trying to solve the mystery of what happened to the Boeing 777 plane.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai has said there was a “high probability” that the piece came from a Boeing 777.

Tuesday marks the second anniversary of the plane going missing.

MH370 was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it vanished on March 8, 2014 on an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Last July, a wing fragment was found washed ashore on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and later confirmed to be from the plane.

On Sunday, the man who had found the first part said he had come across a second possible piece from the missing plane and had handed it over to police immediately.