Malaysia’s ministry says debris not from flight MH370

Malaysian transport ministry says debris found in east coast last week does not match missing MH370

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Children write messages of hope for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) outside Kuala Lumpur June 14, 2014.

Updated Feb 2, 2016

A metal object, which was recovered from Malaysia's east coast last week is not from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, aviation officials said on Friday.

The two-metre-long object was found on the eastern state of Terengganu on Thursday.

According to Malaysia's Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, officials from the ministry, the Department of Civil Aviation and Malaysia Airlines examined the debris and found no link with the missing plane. 

"The assessment found that the debris does not match those of a Boeing 777, thus confirming that the debris is not from MH370," he said in a statement.

Last week, wreckage was found by a fisherman on the coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat Province of Thailand, leading many speculations that it was from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. 

However, it is understood that the claims are baseless.

Flight MH370, which took off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has been missing with 239 people on board since March 2014.

TRTWorld and agencies