Australia has confirmed that the debris discovered on an island in Mauritius is suspected to be from the missing Malaysian Airlines passenger plane MH370.
Australia has asked authorities to examine the debris to find out whether it actually belonged to MH370 that went missing two years ago. The debris was collected from the island of Rodrigues by a couple vacationing in Mauritius, according to Reunion island website Clicanoo.”The Malaysian government is working with officials from Mauritius to seek to take custody of the debris and arrange for its examination,” Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said.
“This debris is an item of interest. However, until the debris has been examined by experts it is not possible to ascertain its origin.” On the other hand, it still remains unclear which country would lead the examination of the debris.
A hotel owner at the island who saw the debris said that he found it looking like some part of the inside of a plane. “For sure it looked like part of an aeroplane – it looks like it’s from the inside part of it,” BBC quoted the owner of the Mourouk Ebony hotel, William Auguste, as saying.”There was wallpaper inside of the plane, you can see this design and part of it is still there.”
If there is any confirmation of the wreckage belonging to MH370, it will be the first interior part of the plane collected by authorities. According to aviation expert Don Thompson, he told The Australian news website that the piece might be the internal bulkhead from the Boeing 777 plane’s business or economy class cabin.
According to Asia One, in March, Australia claimed that the debris found in Mozambique seemed “almost certainly from MH370.” In 2015, French investigators confirmed that a wing part found on the Indian Ocean’s Reunion Island belonged to MH370.
MH370 went missing in March 2014 while on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers on board, who are all still missing and unrecovered.