Malaysia confirms debris found in Tanzania is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Australian and Malaysian officials examine aircraft debris found near Tanzania at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau headquarters in Canberra on July 20, 2016.
Australian and Malaysian officials examine aircraft debris found near Tanzania at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau headquarters in Canberra on July 20, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia said on Thursday (Sept 15) that a large piece of aircraft debris discovered on the island of Pemba, off the coast of Tanzania, in June, was from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370.

A search of more than two years has turned up few traces of the Boeing 777 aircraft that disappeared in March 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board, soon after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, bound for Beijing.

The debris, an outboard flap, will be examined further to see if it can yield any insight into the circumstances around the missing plane, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement.

Investigators have previously confirmed a piece of plane debris found on the French island of Reunion in July 2015 as being part of MH370. They are examining several other pieces of debris found in Mozambique, South Africa and Rodrigues Island, a territory of Mauritius.