Australian authorities have concluded that the debris found in Mozambique earlier this week definitively came from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean roughly two years ago.
Darren Chester, Australia’s Minister for Transport and Transport, gave an official statement confirming “the debris is almost certainly from MH370.”
The pieces of the plane, which Chester noted were “consistent with panels from a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft,” are now the second group to be identified.
The first recovered item was discovered in July 2015 on the island of Reunion, located east of Madagascar. Both findings are instrumental in locating a concentrated area from which more of the wreckage can be salvaged.
“That such debris has been found on the east coast of Africa is consistent with drift modelling performed by CSIRO and further affirms our search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean,” Chester added.
Flight MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014 while en route from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, with 239 passengers aboard.
According to Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), “90,000 square kilometres of the seafloor [in the Indian Ocean] have been searched so far.”
The search for the missing plane is expected to conclude sometime later this year.
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