Debris in Mozambique Is Thought to Come From Malaysia Airlines Flight – Charles D’Alberto

Charles D'Alberto

Debris that washed up on the coast of Mozambique could be part of the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished almost exactly two years ago, NBC and CNN reported on Wednesday.

If the debris, which was discovered over the weekend, did come from the plane, a Boeing 777 that was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, it could contribute to the theory that the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean.

Airplane debris was found in July on Réunion, an island in the Indian Ocean that is a French territory. French investigators concluded “with certitude” that the debris — a piece of an aircraft wing known as a flaperon — came from Flight 370. No other Boeing 777 is known to be missing.

NBC, citing unidentified sources, said the newly discovered debris had washed up on a sandbank on the Mozambique Channel, the body of water that separates the southeast African nation from Madagascar. Réunion is to the east of the island nation of Madagascar, and it is roughly 1,500 miles from the coast of Mozambique.

The fate of the plane, which vanished on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, has been an enduring mystery.

NBC reported that investigators in Malaysia, Australia and the United States were analyzing photographs of the object, which had the words “NO STEP” on it and could be from the horizontal stabilizer, a winglike mechanism attached to the plane’s tail.

NBC attributed the discovery of the object to an American who has been blogging about the search for the flight.

CNN reported that the debris would be taken to Malaysia for further examination. It cited an unidentified American official as saying that the wreckage was from the skin of the plane’s horizontal stabilizer.

Efforts to reach the governments of Mozambique and Australia, which has been leading search operations in the southern Indian Ocean, were not immediately successful on Wednesday. Efforts to reach a spokesman for Malaysia’s prime minister were also unsuccessful.

Posted By Charles D'Alberto