PERSONAL items including an angry birds pencil case and a Mensa laptop have been found among debris washed up on a beach where it is believed wreckage from missing flight MH370 may have been discovered.
Other items found on Riake Beach, on the island of Nosy Boraha in Madagascar included purses, backpacks and part of a laptop case.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 and is presumed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.
Two pieces of debris suspected to be from the aircraft itself were discovered on the same beach earlier this year.
The items were discovered by US lawyer Blaine Gibson, who has handed them over to authorities.
“Still, I found them on the same 18km (11-mile) stretch of beach where I found suspected aircraft parts [of the Malaysia Airlines jet] so it is important that they are investigated properly.”
The personal items found include a white, black and red “Angry Bird” bag, a tartan handbag and part of a black laptop case with a “MENSA” inscription.
Campaigners released the images on the Aircrash Support Group Australia website to ascertain whether they may have belonged to MH370 passengers.
The group’s chair, Sheryl Keen, said the images were being posted “to make sure everyone has the right and opportunity to view these items”.
She said: “The nature of aviation investigations [means] usually people don’t get to see the nitty gritty of it.
“But because these have been found by members of the public we’re able to take this opportunity to display the objects.”
The potential MH370 debris will be examined by Malaysian authorities who are leading the investigation.
Several pieces of the plane have washed up over the past year on coastlines around the Indian Ocean, with experts claiming thousands of parts are littered across oceans and beaches in the Indian Ocean.
But officials have had no luck finding the main underwater wreckage despite an extensive search of a vast area of the Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast.
Crews are expected to complete their sweep of the 46,000 square mile area by August, and there are no plans to extend the hunt beyond that. – Daily Mirror