BY Fredrick Ngugi, 6:19am September 08, 2016,

Debris Found in Mozambique Likely from Missing Malaysian Flight MH370

Joao de Abreu (R), President of Mozambique's Civil Aviation Institute (IACM), and a marshal display pieces of suspected Flight MH370 wreckage. Channel News Asia

The Mozambican government believes that the three pieces of debris it exhibited on Monday belong to Malaysia Airline‘s missing Flight MH370, according to Channel News Asia.

The remains were found by a South African hotelier late last month, after it washed up along the Mozambican coast off the waters of Inhambane province.

Among the pieces displayed was a large triangular shaped metallic piece with red and white paint on one side, which Mozambican authorities believe could be “an aileron, a flap, or an elevator” belonging to the aircraft.

“We can see a label, which will make it easier to identify which aircraft it belongs to,” Mozambique Aviation Authority Director Joao de Abreu said.

Abreu also announced that the three pieces will be sent to Malaysia for forensic examination to establish whether they indeed belong to Malaysia Airlines.

Mysterious Disappearance

In March 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing while en route to Beijing, China, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With 239 people onboard, Flight MH370 made its last voice contact with air traffic control at 01:19 MYT, March 8, 2014, while flying over the South China Sea, less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

At 01:22 MYT, the aircraft disappeared from air traffic controllers’ radar screens but remained visible on Malaysian military radar screens until 02:22 MYT, when it deviated westward from its planned flight path and crossed the Malay Peninsula.

A multinational search was commenced immediately, and it was not until July, 29 2015, that the first marine debris belonging to Flight MH370 was discovered washed ashore on Reunion Island.

Neither the crew nor the flight’s communication systems relayed any signs of distress, bad weather, or technical failure before the flight went missing, and two passengers traveling on stolen passports were investigated and cleared of any involvement in the disappearance of Flight MH370.

According to Malaysian police, the captain is the prime suspect if human interference is the cause of the plane’s mysterious disappearance.

Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: September 15, 2018


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