More MH370 debris test results in three months

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KUALA LUMPUR: Test results are expected in about three months on four pieces of debris that could belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on flight MH370.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the debris were found along the coasts of South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius and Tanzania.

“We believe that soon, we will know the test results…just like on the piece found in Tanzania, which took two and a half months to ascertain whether it belonged to the (missing) aircraft,” he told reporters.

On Friday, Liow said a total of 22 pieces of debris had so far been found in south-eastern Africa. Two have been confirmed and four are believed to be certainly from the missing aircraft. Identification of the rest was difficult as they lacked serial numbers or other details.

Liow said the two pieces confirmed to be from MH370 was a flaperon found on Reunion Island in July last year, and a piece of the wing found on Pemba Island in Tanzanian waters three months ago.

Liow said the search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean is to be completed by the year-end. The search effort has covered 110,000 sq km of area off the west coast of Australia, with 10,000 sq km more to be searched.

The MAS aircraft with 239 passengers and crew on board for flight MH370 went missing two years ago while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.