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Fragments 'almost certainly' from MH370

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/05/2016

Two aircraft fragments found on the beaches of South Africa and Mauritius are all but confirmed to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

A piece of engine cowling featuring a Rolls-Royce stencil, which was found in South Africa earlier this year, is "almost certainly" from the Boeing 777 that went missing more than two years ago with 239 people on board, including New Zealanders, Paul Weeks and Ximin Wang, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Thursday.

The second piece found on March 30 in Mauritius - eight days after the engine cowling - is "almost certainly" a panel segment from MH370's main cabin.

The pattern, colour and texture of the internal panel laminate was only used by Malaysia Airlines on Boeing 777s and 747s according to the ATSB.

"There is no record of the laminate being used by any other Boeing 777 customer," the report said.

Both pieces were found to have marine ecology attached to them, which the ATSB has preserved.

Five pieces of MH370 debris have now been recovered, with two uncovered from Mozambique and another from Reunion Island.

The two Mozambique fragments were also investigated by the ATSB in Canberra, while the fragment found on Reunion was sent to France last year.

More than 105,000 sq km of the southern Indian Ocean seafloor has been scoured for the missing flight, which had six Australians onboard when it went missing on March 8, 2014.

The governments of Malaysia, Australia and China maintain the search area will not be expanded beyond the current 120,000 sq km zone in the absence of credible new information.

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