Malaysia investigates 2nd piece of debris

Malaysia is investigating a second piece of debris found on the small Indian Ocean island of Reunion, suspected to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.


The plane disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board, most of them Chinese, in one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

“Currently, we are awaiting verification of two more pieces of debris which were discovered recently in Mozambique and Reunion Island respectively,” Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement on Monday.

Liow said an interim report will be released by the MH370 investigation team on Tuesday marking the two-year anniversary of the disappearance.

So far, only a piece of wing, known as a flaperon, discovered in July last year has been confirmed by authorities to belong to the missing Boeing 777.

Last week, an American adventurer found a piece of debris on a beach on the African east coast nation of Mozambique. Officials will send that item to Australia for examination.

The man who found a wing fragment of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 that disappeared nearly two years ago on a beach in the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion has found more mysterious debris in nearly the same spot.

This time it’s an unidentified grey item with a blue border.

Johny Begue said on Sunday he found the piece about 5.30pm on Thursday local time and turned it into the gendarmerie on Friday morning.

A special gendarmerie air brigade in Saint Denis, the capital of the French island, confirmed it received the item.

Begue found a wing fragment known as a flaperon on July 29 that French investigators identified in September as part of the passenger jet that disappeared with 239 people on board on March 8, 2014.

Begue said unlike the flaperon, there were no barnacles on the latest item, which he said was square and estimated that it measured 40 by 40 centimetres.

“I was running. After, when I stopped to rest, that’s when I found the piece” lying on the stony beach several metres from the water, Begue told The Associated Press by telephone.

“The same beach and nearly the same place.”

He said the piece he found on the Saint-Andre beach was thinner and smaller than the flaperon, but the material had the same appearance, with a honeycombed interior.

“It looks like the other one, but I don’t know if it’s part of the plane or not. Experts will say,” the 49-year-old Begue said.

The gendarmerie’s Territorial Air Brigade confirmed that Begue turned over the piece on Friday morning, but had no further comment.

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