PUTRAJAYA – The debris found off the coast of southern Thailand on Saturday did not match Boeing 777 parts or the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which vanished nearly two years ago, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said today.
He said following reports on the discovery of debris, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) had been in close contact with the Thai authorities as well as other relevant investigative teams on the matter.
The Malaysian team comprising DCA, Transport Ministry and Malaysia Airlines personnel, in collaboration with DCA counterparts in Thailand, had examined the recovered debris in order to determine its origin, he said.
“From their detailed report, they have ascertained that the part assembly number, wire bundle number and bolts part number do not match those of a Boeing 777. The part numbers which were found on the recovered debris are also not listed in the MAS B777 Illustrated Parts Catalogue manual.
“Based on these identifying details, the team has confirmed that the debris does not belong to a B777 9M-MRO aircraft (MH370),â€ he said in a statement here today.
On Saturday, local villagers living off the coast of southern Thaiâ€™s province discovered a large metal object, measuring two metres wide and three metres long.
The discovery triggered speculation that the debris might be linked to the MH370 which vanished from the radar with 239 passengers and crew on board, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
Flight MH370 which dropped off radar on March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has yet to be found, even after an exhaustive search in the southern Indian Ocean where it is believed to have gone down after veering off course.
Liow in the statement thanked the Thailand Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand for their swift action and support in facilitating the identification process.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew of MH370. We will continue to keep the next of kin and public updated on any latest development of MH370.
â€œWe remain committed to continuing the ongoing search in the Southern Indian Ocean,â€ he said.
On July 29 last year, a flaperon was found on La Reunion Island, a small French-owned island in the Indian Ocean, and sent to France for further analysis.
On Aug 6, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak confirmed that the flaperon found on the island belonged to Malaysia Airlines, flight MH370. – BERNAMA