Malaysia seeks help to find more pos­si­ble MH370 de­bris

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY EILEEN NG AND THOMAS ADAM­SON

Malaysian of­fi­cials said Sun­day that they would seek help from ter­ri­to­ries near the is­land where a sus­pected piece of the miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines jet was dis­cov­ered to try to find more plane de­bris.

A new piece of de­bris, mean­while, found on Sun­day on the French is­land of Re­union in the western In­dian Ocean turned out to be a “do­mes­tic lad­der,” and doesn’t be­long to a plane, Malaysian Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion Azharud­din Ab­dul Rah­man told The As­so­ci­ated Press amid media re­ports that a new plane part was found.

Malaysian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials will ask ter­ri­to­ries near Re­union to alert them if they find any de­bris that could be from a plane, a trans­port min­istry of­fi­cial said on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he wasn’t au­tho­rized to speak to the media.

A wing flap sus­pected to be from the miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370 was found Wed­nes­day on Re­union. It ar­rived Satur­day at a French mil­i­tary test­ing fa­cil­ity, where it will be an­a­lyzed by ex­perts.

Air safety in­ves­ti­ga­tors, in­clud­ing one from Boe­ing, have iden­ti­fied the com­po­nent as a flap­eron from the trail­ing edge of a Boe­ing 777 wing, a U.S. of­fi­cial has said. Flight 370 is the only miss­ing 777 and many are con­vinced the flap comes from the ill-fated jet.

The new piece of de­bris found on a beach near the town of Sain­tDe­nis on Sun­day morn­ing had noth­ing to do with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing the miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370, Rah­man said.

“I’m the one lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in France for the anal­y­sis of the (wing flap) piece brought back. I read all over media it (the new de­bris) was part of a door,” he told the AP by phone from France. “But I checked with the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, and peo­ple on the ground in Re­union, and it was just a do­mes­tic lad­der.”

Malaysia’s trans­port min­istry con­firmed Sun­day that the flap­eron that was found has been iden­ti­fied as be­ing from a 777, say­ing it had been ver­i­fied by French author­i­ties to­gether with Boe­ing, the U.S. Na- tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board and a Malaysian team.

Ex­perts will try to es­tab­lish whether the part comes from Flight 370, which dis­ap­peared on March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Bei­jing with 239 peo­ple on board.

The ex­perts are ex­pected to start their in­quiry on Wed­nes­day. On Mon­day, an in­ves­ti­gat­ing judge will meet with Malaysian author­i­ties and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the French avi­a­tion in­ves­tiga­tive agency, known as the BEA.

Malaysian Trans­port Min­is­ter Liow Tiong Lai said in a state­ment Sun­day that rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Malaysia, the U.S., China, France and Boe­ing would take part in the ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the flap­eron.

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