Aircraft debris found on Malaysia's north-eastern coast

An object believed to be aircraft debris was found on the shores of Kampung Benting Lintang, in north-eastern Terengganu state.
An object believed to be aircraft debris was found on the shores of Kampung Benting Lintang, in north-eastern Terengganu state.PHOTO: ZABIDI TUSIN/THE STAR

BESUT, MALAYSIA - A 2m object believed to be part of an aircraft was discovered on Thursday (Jan 28) at the shores of Kampung Benting Lintang, in north-eastern Terengganu state, The Star reported.

Besut police chief Superintendent Khaled Che Lah said the object was discovered at about 12pm by villagers who then informed the police at about 3.45pm.

"We believe the object drifted here from another location," he was quoted by The Star as saying. The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in Kuala Terengganu had been informed of the discovery, Mr Khaled added.

The discovery may arouse speculation over whether a fresh clue had been found in the MH370 enigma, the Malaysia Airlines flight whose bizarre disappearance in March 2014 with 239 people on board after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing continues to haunt the aviation world.

The Boeing 777 inexplicably veered off course over the South China Sea - near the Gulf of Thailand - and vanished.

The only hard evidence that the Malaysian airliner met a tragic end is a 2m-long MH370 wing part found last July on a beach on the French-held Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

Malaysia said on Tuesday that debris found on the coast of southern Thailand last weekend was not from MH370.