Published: Mon, May 23, 2016
World | By Paul Elliott

MH370: Debris found in ocean 'almost certainly' from missing plane

Part No. 4, found on Rodrigues Island in Mauritius, was a decorative laminate as part of an interior panel from the main cabin, and was determined to have come off the front, right-hand door of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said they are certain of recovering more debris in the search.

"As such, the team has confirmed that both pieces of debris are nearly certainly from MH370", he said in statement here, Thursday.

Despite a two-year investigation costing millions of dollars, only one piece of debris has been confirmed as coming from the aircraft - a 6-foot-long wing flap that washed up on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

Given this, it concluded that "part no.3 was a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 engine cowling segment, nearly certainly from the aircraft registered 9M-MRO", which operated as MH370.

"We still have time (to search), because it (the search) has only completed 105,000sq km and we like to complete the 120,000sq km search", said he minister.

Australia, Malaysia and China who are spearheading the search said that in the absence of "credible new information" they will halt the search by the middle of the year.

This after pieces of wreckage were found in the Mossel Bay area earlier this year.

Liow reportedly said that the discoveries of the debris aligned with the modeling pattern established by experts where the debris would drift after a crash in the southern Indian Ocean.

These latest plane fragments were found on the beaches of South Africa and Mauritius.

Marine life removed from the debris continues to be tested, in the hope of narrowing down where the aircraft entered the water of the southern Indian Ocean.

It is believed to have crashed somewhere about 1800km off the West Australian coast. Extensive underwater search efforts have so far turned up no clues as to the fate of the 239 passengers and crew onboard the plane when it disappeared.

MH370 went missing on 8th March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

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