SYDNEY – A piece of debris thought to be from inside the cabin of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that disappeared more than two years ago has been found in the island nation of Mauritius.
The fragment was found by two hotel guests staying at the Mourouk Ebony Hotel on Thursday on the coast of Rodrigues Island, an employee of the Mourouk Ebony Hotel told CNN on Saturday.
It was believed to have come from inside the cabin of the airliner, which vanished in March 2014 over the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board.
MH370 Independent Group expert Don Thompson saw photographs of the part and said it appeared to match the bulkhead of an MAS Boeing 777 business class cabin, News Limited papers reported.
If proven to have come from the missing plane, the debris would be highly significant as it would be the first possible internal fragment to have been found. The piece is also likely to shed more light on the manner in which the aircraft entered the water.
Police were in possession of the debris, and Malaysian authorities are expected to lead the investigation.
Mauritius, a volcanic island nation in the Indian Ocean, renowned for its beaches and reefs, lies east of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean.
A piece of debris thought to be from the missing airliner was found on a sandbar off Mozambique in February. – The Sydney Morning Herald