Last updated: 10:07 AM ET, Thu May 12 2016

Plane Debris Discovered is 'Almost Certainly' from MH370

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 12, 2016

Plane Debris Discovered is 'Almost Certainly' from MH370

Photo courtesy of Malaysia Airlines

On Thursday, the Malaysian government announced that two pieces of airplane debris recovered recently "almost certainly" came from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

In total, investigators believe five pieces of debris from MH370 have been discovered.

According to The Associated Press, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that the two pieces of debris recovered recently were an engine cowling piece and an interior panel from an aircraft cabin. The latter was the first interior piece found from the missing flight.

Investigators in Australia examined the debris found in South Africa and on Rodrigues Island stated that each piece was consistent with those found on a Boeing 777 aircraft owned by Malaysia Airlines.

The two most recent discoveries bring the number of debris pieces discovered to five. The first piece was a section of a wing discovered on Reunion Island, and the second and third pieces were found on the coast of Mozambique.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board. Investigators have searched more than 40,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean in hopes of discovering what happened to the plane, but the pieces found thus far have yielded no definitive answers.

Crews investigating the disappearance expect to complete the search by the end of June.


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