A new piece of debris recovered in South Africa could be a part of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It will be analysed to confirm if it does belong to the plane. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that a team will be sent to retrieve the new piece of debris.
Neels Kruger (35), a South African archaeologist, found the piece while he was walking along a lagoon on Monday. It was recovered from Mossel Bay, a small town in the Western Cape province on the southern coast.
“Being an archaeologist I’m always looking for things with my nose to the ground,” said Kruger in a report by NZ herald.
“When I flipped it around, I didn’t know immediately what it was but just thought, ‘Oh my word!’” he added.
Kruger identified that the piece had a partial black logo of Rolls Royce, an engine manufacturer. The piece measures around 70 centimeters by 70 centimeters (27.56 inches by 27.56 inches).
Kruger took photos of the piece and sent it to one his pilot friends, who shared it with other pilots. They all confirmed that the piece belonged to an airplane.
He later contacted South African Civil Aviation Authority(SACAA) and was made to wait as per the instructions.
“The necessary arrangements are under way for the evaluation and collection of the part, which, if it indeed belongs to an aircraft, will then be handed over to Malaysian authorities.” said SACAA.
In his further efforts, he texted a South African teenager, Liam Lotter, who is believed to have found a piece of a plane on a beach in neighbouring Mozambique earlier this month. The 18-year old believed that it could be the wing of the missing plane. He passed on the details of Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigators, assigned for the investigation, reports news.com.au.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, bound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared on 8 March 2014. It was carrying 239 people on board. The plane is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, although no traces have been found and confirmed.
Last July, one of the pieces of the plane’s wing was discovered ashore on France’s Reunion Island.