KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian team inspecting debris that washed up in the Maldives has so far found nothing that came from missing flight MH370, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai was quoted as saying on Friday.
Experts were sent to the Maldives this week to check on reported debris found on the coral atoll nation after a wing part from the ill-fated plane was found on Reunion island in the Indian Ocean to the south.
Liow said the team had examined the Maldives debris.
“They are not related to MH370 and not even plane material,” he told a local daily.
Liow said the investigators would continue examining any further unidentified flotsam found on the Maldives for links to the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared in March 2014.
The wing part that washed ashore on Reunion had been confirmed last week by experts as coming from the missing jet.
That marked the first confirmed evidence that the plane, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew, had met a tragic end in the Indian Ocean in March 2014.
After that discovery, authorities alerted nearby Madagascar and the South African coast to be on the lookout, saying it was possible debris would wash up in those locations.
Mauritius had also launched search operations.
So far, no further debris from MH370 has been confirmed.
The Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8 last year, sparking the largest multinational search operation in history, now focused on the southern Indian Ocean based on satellite data hinting at the plane’s path. â€“ AFP