MH370: Possible debris to be examined in Australia

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia’s Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has said the process of identifying whether the aircraft debris found in Mozambique belongs to its missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 will take some time because it involves a number of procedures.

The Malaysian Times quoted him as saying that the investigation team from the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department and MAS as well as the special investigation team on MH370 would be sent to Australia for the identification process.

Liow remained unsure as to how long it would take because the debris will have to go through similar process like the flaperon that was found on Reunion Island in July last year.

He has also assured that a team of Malaysian investigators would help their Australian counterparts in bringing the debris from Mozambique to Australia.

Liow said that it was too early to link the debris to MH370 and could be part of a Boeing 777.

The debris found on a Mozambican beach is a piece of metal of about one metre in length.

Liow also said the decision whether to expand the search for more debris will only be initiated after it was determined that the object was indeed of MH370.

MH370 carrying 239 passengers, including crew members, went missing from radar screens while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014.

Multinational search operation began to find the ill fated plane, but alas nothing could be found.

Last year, a flaperon found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean was sent to France for analysis.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on August 6 last year confirmed that the flaperon belonged to MH370. (ANI)