The Australian Government has confirmed a metal plane part found on a sandbar at Mozambique was “highly likely” from the missing MH370 aircraft.
In a statement on Thursday, the Australian Government said it was “highly likely” to have come from Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which disappeared on a trip between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on March 8, 2014.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said two pieces of debris sent to authorities for testing were consistent with the MH370’s Boeing 777 craft.
“The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370,” Mr Chester said in a statement on Thursday.
“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.”
A triangular piece of metal, about one metre in length, was found washed up on a Mozambique beach last weekend and could be from the missing MH370 airplane, which disappeared on with 239 people on board, including six Australians.
Seattle lawyer Blaine Alan Gibson picked up the piece on Paluma, a sandbank near the coastal town of Vilankulo, just days before the second anniversary of Malaysia Airlines flight 370’s disappearance.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Geoscience Australia, Boeing and Australian National University assisted Malaysian investigators to examine the debris.
Until Thursday, just one piece of debris, a wing flaperon, had been uncovered from the plane after it disappeared without a trace.
The wing part washed up on the coast of Reunion Island in July 2015.