Last updated: 11:10 AM ET, Fri October 07 2016

Officials Confirm Debris Found in Mauritius from Missing MH370

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | October 07, 2016

Officials Confirm Debris Found in Mauritius from Missing MH370

Photo: Debris from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. (Photo via @AviationSafety)

On Friday, Malaysian and Australian government officials announced that a piece of debris recently discovered on the island nation of Mauritius is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 airplane.

According to The Associated Press, the piece of debris—described as a wing flap—was discovered in Mauritius in May and was sent to investigators at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Upon a thorough analysis, a part number was found on the debris which connected it to the missing flight. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai confirmed the debris’ connection to MH370.

In recent months, several pieces of debris have been found on and around the east coast of Africa. Unfortunately, the discoveries have not let to the ultimate goal of finding the main wreckage of MH370 and any information about what happened to the missing plane.

Crews are expected to finish their search of the Indian Ocean by December.

Oceanographers have been using the confirmed debris and drift modeling for the Indian Ocean to map possible new search areas for MH370. Scientists need more funding to continue their efforts, though, and investigators are expecting to call off the search by the end of the year.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, on March 8, 2014, when the Boeing 777 and the 239 people on board vanished without a known reason.


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