Investigators have confirmed that a piece of aircraft debris that was found in Tanzania nearly three months ago was part of the missing MH370.
The Malaysian Minister of Transport, Liow Lai, said on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur that the debris, an outboard wing flap, was recovered along the coast of the island of Pemba in Tanzania on June 20.
He said that the finding that the debris was part of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft was established after thorough examination by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau with the concurrence of the MH370 Safety Investigation team.
“The team also identified several part numbers, along with physical appearance, dimensions and construction, which confirm the piece to be an inboard section of a Boeing 777 outboard flap.
“A date stamp associated with one of the part numbers indicates manufacture on Jan. 23, 2002, which is consistent with the May 31, 2002 delivery date for MH370,” he said.
Liow said experts would continue to examine the debris in the hope of finding more evidence that may provide an explanation as to what happened to the Beijing-bound passenger jet.
Flight MH370, with 239 people on board, disappeared without a trace on March 8, 2014, nearly an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Experts believe the plane crashed in a remote part of the Southern Indian Ocean, but an Australian-led international search team has yet to locate the main wreckage.
Several pieces of debris have been recovered since last year along the coasts of Africa, which investigators believe to be part of the missing plane.