Government, Research - Mozambique Debris "Almost Certainly" From MH370
Transport Minister Darren Chester says two airplane parts found in Mozambique andflown to Australia for detailed analysis did "almost certainly" come from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. The Boeing 777 carrying 239 passengers and crew, including six Aussies, disappeared in the Indian Ocean more than two years ago.
"The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370," Mr. Chester said in a statement. "That such debris has been found on the east coast of Africa is consistent with drift modelling performed by CSIRO and further affirms our search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean."
Seattle lawyer Blaine Gibson found themeter-long, roughly triangular chunk on a sandbar between Mozambique and Madagascar.
"It’'s important to keep it in perspective," said Mr. Gibson. "This is about the families of the 239 victims, who haven't seen their relatives for two years now."
News of Gibson's discovery prompted South African teen Liam Lotter to come forward with yet another piece that he found on a beach while on vacation in southern Mozambique in late December. Both fragments arrived in Oz on 20 March and were examined by Australian investigators, along with specialists from Boeing, Geoscience Australia, and the Australian National University.
The Malaysian Ministry of Transport has also confirmed it advised Australian authorities that the paint and stencilling on the debris matched those used by Malaysia Airlines and are "almost certainly from MH370".