South African teen finds piece of debris of MH370

South African teenager finds some suspected pieces of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

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.

Liam Lotter, 18, a South African teenager, has found some debris that is believed to belong to the missing Malaysian Airlines plane which disappeared two years ago.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared without a trace on March 8, 2014.

The crash is believed to have occurred in the Indian Ocean as the plane had disappeared from the radar over the area also known as Andaman Sea.

The teenager told South Africa's East Coast radio he found the debris on a beach in Mozambique while on holiday in December.

Parts from the plane found include a meter-long chunk of metal that is being tested by officials in Australia with help from Malaysian authorities and representatives of manufacturer Boeing Co. South African authorities plan to hand over the debris found by Lotter to the same Australian team.

"We are arranging for collection of the part, which will then be sent to Australia as they are the ones appointed by Malaysia to identify parts found," SACAA spokesman Kabelo Ledwaba said in a statement.

Moreover, China announced in January that it would provide a sonar-equipped vessel and join the search for Malaysian Airlines passenger jet by the end of February.

China valued its contribution to the search at A$20 million ($14.2 million).

Meanwhile, Malaysia investigated a second piece of debris found on March 7 on the small Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 vanished with 239 people aboard on March 8, 2014, after mysteriously flying off course during a flight from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing. A wing flap found in July on the other side of the Indian Ocean when it washed up on Reunion Island is the only debris recovered.


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