by Jess Staufenberg
Investigators searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are looking at photographs of debris that has washed up in Mozambique.An object that could be from a Boeing 777 was found on a sandbank off the eastern African country days ahead of the second anniversary of the jet’s disappearance in March 2014.
The flight disappeared on 8 March with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Photographs of the debris have now been seen by investigators in Malaysia, Australia and the US and say there is a good chance it comes from a Boeing 777, according to NBC News.
It has also been found in the same part of the southern Indian Ocean where the only other confirmed piece of debris from the flight, a flaperon, was found on Reunion Island in July 2015.’
“NO STEP” is written on the object, which makes it likely it is from the plane’s wing-like parts attached to the tail that are called horizontal stabilisers.
Until now, about three-quarters of the 46,000 square mile search zone for the Malayasia Airlines Flight has been scoured without success by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).
Several false alarms have occurred during the course of the investigation, including a six-foot-long metal item in the eastern state of Terengganu, and a sonar search which turned up a 19th century shipwreck.
The ATSB has said it knows of the discovery and will be conducting a thorough examination of the object, according to NBS News.
Until now, it had been conducting its searches on the assumption that the aircraft crashed when its fuel ran out after cruising on autopilot as a “ghost flight” with the pilots incapacitated or dead.
Last month, it was claimed investigators are preparing to revive theories that the plane may have been brought down deliberately.
The disappearance cost Malaysia Airlines a quarterly net loss of £83 million over two years as passengers shunned the company.
Relatives of the passengers on the missing jetliner, meanwhile, staged a sit-in protest outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing after officials failed to show up to update them on the search back in April 2014.
by Jess Staufenberg