A piece of white metal, approximately one metre in length, has been found on a beach in Mozambique, leading to speculation that it could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which has been coordinating search efforts in the Indian Ocean, said the location of the discovery is consistent with the drift modelling based on the presumed crash site.
Australia’s Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, Darren Chester, said in a statement that the object will now be transferred to Australia for further examination by Australian and Malaysian officials, as well as international specialists.
MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard. No trace of the aircraft was discovered until August 2015 when part of the Boeing 777’s wing washed up on the island of Reunion.
Mozambique’s coast lies approximately 2,000km west of Reunion, but the latest discovery – if it proves to be part of MH370 – would be further evidence that the wreckage of the lost aircraft is steadily drifting westwards across the Indian Ocean.