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Wed Jun 01 03:47:15 SAST 2016

MH370 hunters heads for Mossel Bay

TMG Digital | 22 March, 2016 16:07
A piece of debris found by a South African family off the Mozambique coast in December 2015, which authorities will examine to see if it is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, is pictured in this handout photo released to Reuters March 11, 2016. File photo
Image by: HANDOUT / REUTERS

Debris that might be part of a plane engine has been found near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape and will be checked to see if it belongs to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished two years ago, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said.

"Based on early reports, there is a possibility of the piece originating from an inlet cowling of an aircraft engine," but further examination and analysis were needed to verify whether it belongs to Flight 370, he said in a statement according to Associated Press.

Liow said a team would be dispatched to retrieve the debris.

The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It remains one of the biggest mysteries in modern aviation.

An Australian-led underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean, where the plane is believed to have crashed, has found no trace of it so far. A piece from one of the plane's wings was found washed ashore on France's Reunion Island last July.

Two more possible pieces of debris which were discovered recently in Mozambique are being examined by an international investigation team in Australia.

Investigators have said the search will end by June unless fresh clues are found.

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