KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia Xinhua --
A Malaysian official said on Friday that 22 pieces of
debris have been found so far along coasts off South Africa, Mozambique,
Mauritius and Tanzania, among which two have been confirmed while another four
are "almost certain" to be part of the MH370 aircraft.
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai made the remarks a day after a piece of debris
found on the island of Pemba, off the coast of Tanzania in June this year was
confirmed to be an inboard section of the outboard flap on Malaysia Airlines
According to Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama, Liow said Thursday’s
conclusion, along with the confirmation of the plane’s flaperon, found on
Reunion Island in July last year, could help investigators unravel how the
incident had actually happened to the missing aircraft.
Apart from the two confirmed and the four pieces with high possibility, Liow
said the rest were hard to determine because there were no serial number nor any
other details on them.
According to a summary report posted online by the Malaysian government in
August, more than a dozen items of the discovered pieces are "under evaluation."
Quoting the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Liow added the drifting
pattern of the debris showed that the search operation was within the right
To date, the search for the missing aircraft has covered more than 110,000
square kilometers in the southern Indian Ocean, off Australia’s west coast.
The government of Malaysia, Australia and China jointly announced in July
that the search operation would be suspended upon completion of the current
search area, but promised to resume search should new evidence emerge.