MH370: Mozambique debris ‘almost certainly’ from plane
Source: The Week
Search team believes unique stencilling proves fragments belong to missing passenger jet
Investigators searching for traces of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 believe that two pieces of debris found on beaches in Mozambique belong to the missing plane.
The discovery of the fragments, from the tailplane and wing flap of a Boeing 777, raises hopes the mystery of the aircraft’s location can be solved before the sea search ends this summer.
Lettering on the debris has convinced the search team that the parts come from MH370, the BBC reports. Newly released photos show stencilling saying: “NO STEP” and “676EB” in a font used by Malaysia Airlines, which is slightly different to the Boeing factory standard.
The Australian-based search team now believes the pieces are “almost certainly” from MH370.
Last year, French investigators concluded that a wing part found on the island of Reunion, 1,300 miles off the coast of Mozambique, was from the missing passenger jet.
Investigators and amateur aviators alike have attempted to piece together the plane’s final hours ever since flight MH370 went off the radar on 8 March 2014.
Its last contact with air traffic control came less than an hour after take-off at Kuala Lumpur airport, en route to Beijing.
Military radar tracked the plane as it deviated from its flight path, before it went out of range an hour later. Investigators assume it went down somewhere over the Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people on board.
A host of theories has sprung up to account for the crash and the latest discovery is unlikely to put a stop to the speculation. “All of this suggests the aircraft did crash into the sea,” says the BBC’s transport correspondent, Richard Westcott. “None of it tells us why.”
The details of the new discovery have emerged a day after Malaysia Airlines chief executive Christoph Mueller announced he would be stepping down from the role in September, citing “personal circumstances”.
Described by The Guardian as a “turnaround veteran”, Mueller signed a three-year contract with Malaysia Airlines in May 2015 to help the beleaguered company recover from years of financial losses exacerbated by two high-profile disasters – four months after the disappearance of flight MH370, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.