Mozambique: Malaysian Experts Receive Aircraft Fragment

Maputo – The Mozambique National Civil Aviation Institute (IACM) on Monday handed over a piece of aircraft debris to team of Malaysian experts, who hope to establish whether it comes from the missing Malaysian flight, MH370.

The fragment contains the English words “No Step”, and is thought to come from a horizontal stabilizer of an aircraft tail. It was discovered by an American tourist on a sandbank on Bazaruto island, off the coast of the southern province of Inhambane.

The MH370 Boeing 777 vanished from the radars exactly two years ago on 8 March 2014. It was on a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

When asked about the piece of debris last week, the IACM Chairperson, Joao de Abreu, cautioned against jumping to the conclusion that it comes from MH370. He stressed the importance of establishing what kind of aircraft it was from.

But if it is established beyond doubt that the fragment comes from a Boeing 777, then it must be from MH370, since no other Boeing 777 is missing.

According to a report in the independent daily “O Pais”, the three experts who received the fragment on Monday are from the Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority, Malaysian Airlines, and the body investigating the disappearance of MH370.

The experts guaranteed that, after they have reached their conclusion, they will inform the Mozambican civil aviation authority.

So far the only piece of debris from MH370 recovered is a fragment of a wing that washed up on a beach on Reunion island in July 2015.

Source: All Africa