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Could New Piece of Wreckage Be From MH370?

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | January 24, 2016

Could New Piece of Wreckage Be From MH370?

Could a new piece of wreckage found off the coast of southern Thailand be another fragment from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

According to Reuters, a large piece of curved metal was found after it washed ashore on the beach at Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Villagers reported it to the authorities to help identify it, Tanyapat Patthikongpan, head of Pak Phanang district, told Reuters.

"Villagers found the wreckage, measuring about 2 meters wide and 3 meters long (6.6 by 9.8 feet)," he said.

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There are no visible markers on the piece of debris that would immediately identify it as being from MH370, but speculation has already started running rampant that it is another clue to one of the most enduring aviation mysteries.

The flight disappeared in March of 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The fact that the new piece of wreckage was found in the southern portion of Thailand gives some credence — however tepid it might be — that the wreckage could be from MH370.

In September of 2015, French officials confirmed that a piece of debris found in July washed up on the shore of a remote Indian Ocean island was from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

“It is possible today to say with certainty that the flaperon discovered on Reunion island on July 29 came from flight MH370,” Paris prosecutors said in a statement at the time about a flaperon, a piece of a wing confirmed to be from a Boeing plane – the same model of MH370.

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Thailand is 4,000 miles from Reunion Island via the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.

Officials believe the flight most certainly crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean, as had been suspected, after disappearing on March 8, 2014.

No other pieces of the plane have been found, despite a 10-day search of the area surrounding Reunion Island after the flaperon was found.

The cause of the crash is still unknown as well.


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