An object found off Mozambique, now being examined by investigators searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370, could be debris from the Boeing 777.
Photographic analysis gathered of the discovered object, found on a sandbank in the Mozambique Channel, suggested that it could be from the plane that went missing almost two years ago. NBC News reported that the object was found in the same corner of the Indian Ocean where the flaperon of the plane was discovered last July.
Malaysia Airlines MH370, heading from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 passengers, went missing in March 2014. The search for the plane is being led by Australia. Until now, both the plane and the passengers and crew remain missing.
Initial reports gathered suggested a “high possibility debris found in Mozambique belongs to a B777,” Malaysia’s transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Twitter. He further said, “I urge everyone to avoid undue speculation as we are not able to conclude that the debris belongs to MH370 at this time.” He also added that Malaysian aviation teams and their Australian counterparts are working together to recover the debris.
According to Australia’s minister for infrastructure and transport Darren Chester, the location of the found object was consistent with the drift patterns of the debris. In his statement, Chester said that this discovery “reaffirms the search area for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean”.
The object, which was discovered by an American blogger, has the words “NO STEP” imprinted on it. It is believed to be the plane’s horizontal stabilizer, which are the parts that are attached to the tail.
While Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center said it was working to conduct an investigation into the latest discovery, Malaysia Airlines said it was “too speculative at this point” to offer a comment.
Of the 46,000 square mile search zone which is to be searched for the missing plane, two thirds of the area has already been covered. Due to be completed by the middle of this year, the Joint Agency Coordination Center has said that the search will come to an end if no “credible new information” comes up.