Mal­dives de­bris not from MH370: Malaysia gov’t


A Malaysian team in­spect­ing de­bris that washed up in the Mal­dives has so far found noth­ing that came from miss­ing flight MH370, Malaysia’s trans­port min­is­ter was quoted as say­ing on Fri­day.

Malaysia sent ex­perts to the Mal­dives this week to check on re­ported de­bris found on the coral atoll na­tion af­ter a wing part from the ill-fated plane was found on Re­union is­land in the In­dian Ocean to the south.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Liow Tiong Lai said his team had ex­am­ined the Mal­dives de­bris.

“They are not re­lated to MH370 and not even plane ma­te­rial,” he told The Star news­pa­per.

Liow said the in­ves­ti­ga­tors would con­tinue ex­am­in­ing any fur­ther uniden­ti­fied flot­sam found on the Mal­dives for links to the Malaysian Air­lines Boe­ing 777 that dis­ap­peared in March 2014.

Malaysia last week said the wing part that washed ashore on Re­union had been con­firmed by ex­perts as com­ing from the miss­ing jet.

That marked the first con­firmed ev­i­dence that the plane, which was car­ry­ing 239 pas­sen­gers and crew, had met a tragic end in the In­dian Ocean in March 2014.

Af­ter that dis­cov­ery, the Malaysian author­i­ties alerted nearby Mada­gas­car and the South African coast to be on the look­out, say­ing it was pos­si­ble de­bris would wash up in those lo­ca­tions. Mau­ri­tius also launched search oper­a­tions.

So far, no fur­ther de­bris from MH370 has been con­firmed.

The Boe­ing 777 dis­ap­peared on March 8 last year, spark­ing the largest multi­na­tional search op­er­a­tion in history, now fo­cused on the south­ern In­dian Ocean based on satel­lite data hint­ing at the plane’s path.

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