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Plane parts found in Mozambique to be examined for links to Flight MH370

Published 14/03/2016 | 10:56

Malaysian transport minister Liow Tong Lai said two plane pieces found in Mozambique will be sent to Australia for examination (AP)
Malaysian transport minister Liow Tong Lai said two plane pieces found in Mozambique will be sent to Australia for examination (AP)

Two plane pieces found in Mozambique will be sent to Australia to verify if they belong to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Malaysia's transport minister said.

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Liow Tiong Lai said a part found recently by an American in Mozambique is now in Malaysia for safekeeping.

He said a Malaysian team is expected to return this week from South Africa with another part found by a family holidaying in Mozambique. The family took the piece with them when they returned home to South Africa.

Mr Liow said both pieces will be sent to Australia to be examined by an international investigation team.

The plane vanished on March 8 2014 with 239 people on board while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

"We want to be transparent and accountable in our investigation as much as possible ... that is why we want (the parts) to be verified in Australia," Mr Liow said.

He said a Malaysian team will be sent to Mozambique to comb its beaches for more possible debris.

French and Malaysian teams will work to verify another piece of plane debris recently recovered from Reunion Island, he said.

"At this juncture, it has not been confirmed whether any of the recovered debris came from MH370," he said, urging the public to avoid speculation.

Mr Liow said if the Flight MH370 links were confirmed, the locations where the pieces were found would be consistent with ocean drift models produced by Australia. Those models were used to determine the search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

The search is expected to end by June. A wing part found in Reunion last July is the only part so far confirmed from Flight MH370.

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