Officials head to Madagascar over possible MH370 debris

Liow-Tiong-Lai-madagascar-mapPETALING JAYA: Authorities have sent officials to Madagascar to receive and investigate debris suspected to have come from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The debris, reportedly retrieved by US wreckage hunter Blaine Gibson, is currently under investigation by officials from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Channel NewsAsia said today.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai warned however that it was too early to tell whether the debris, which he described as “a small piece”, had come from the missing plane.

In the report, he also asked members of the public to refrain from speculating on the death of Malaysia’s honorary consul in Madagascar.

“Police investigations are still ongoing, we don’t know whether it’s linked to MH370 or not,” he was quoted as saying.

Houssenaly Zahid Raza was gunned down in the island’s capital of Antananarivo on Aug 24. Authorities are reportedly investigating the motive as there was no indication that it was a robbery.

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It is thought to have ended its flight in the Southern Indian Ocean. All 239 people on board are presumed dead.