MH370 breakthrough: Debris found in South Africa and Mauritius 'almost certainly' from missing plane
Canberra, May 12: Two pieces of debris found on beaches in South Africa and Mauritius in March this year, are "almost certainly" from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, informed Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
Two items of debris were independently found on beaches at Mossel Bay, South Africa and Rodrigues Island in Mauritius on March 22 and 30. Both recovered items were delivered to the relevant civil aviation authorities in South Africa and Mauritius.
One part has been initially identified from the partial Rolls-Royce stencil as a segment from an aircraft engine cowling while other part has been identified as an interior panel from the main cabin.
The plane, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, had 239 people on board when it vanished on March 8, 2014. MH 370 is considered as one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.
"The piece designated "Part No. 3," the engine cowling, features a partial stencil from manufacturer Rolls Royce. "The panel thickness, materials and construction conformed to the applicable drawings for Boeing 777 engine cowlings," the report states. While the stencil was not unique to the missing plane, it was consistent with the logo used by Malaysian Airlines.
"Part No. 4," the other piece of debris -- an interior panel -- was identified by a hinge on a closet panel. "The part materials, dimensions, construction and fasteners were all consistent with the drawing for the panel assembly and matched that installed on other" Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 craft, the report states.
In July 2015, a part of the aircraft wing was found on La Reunion island in the Indian Ocean.