A piece of the Rolls-Royce engine from flight MH370 has washed up on a beach in South Africa.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has confirmed that the debris, which was found by a man walking on a beach near Mossel Bay, could belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
“We have been in touch with the gentleman who picked up what could be aircraft debris near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape,” said Kabelo Ledwaba, a spokesperson for the SACAA.
“The necessary arrangements are under way for the evaluation and collection of the part, which, if it indeed belongs to an aircraft, will then be handed over to Malaysian authorities.”
The piece of debris appears to show the bottom half of the Rolls-Royce badge, including part of the engine-maker’s ‘RR’ logo and the letters ‘ROY’. Flight MH370 was powered by Rolls-Royce engines.
If proven to be part of MH370, the latest find would provide further evidence that the wreckage of the aircraft is gradually drifting westwards across the Indian Ocean. Part of the Boeing 777’s wing previously washed by on the island of Reunion, and other suspected debris has been found in Mozambique.
Flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 passengers and crew onboard. It is believed that the aircraft crashed into the Indian Ocean, but a two-year multinational search operation has failed to find any trace of the missing plane, its passengers or cargo.