16 MAY 2016
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The mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370 moved slightly closer to solution last week after debris found was said to be “almost certainly” from the missing aircraft.
The parts, a section of a jet engine nacelle and a fragment of decorative laminate, were found in late March on beaches at Mossel Bay, South Africa, and Rodrigues Island in Mauritius.
They were analysed by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which made the declaration and said the fragments would be given to the Malaysian team investigating the case.
The investigators said one part had a partial Rolls-Royce logo consistent with that developed and used by Malaysian Airlines on other B777s in its fleet.
The second item, part of an interior panel from an aircraft main cabin, had colour and texture which was specified only by Malaysia Airlines for use on its B747 and B777 aircraft.
The Boeing 777-200 disappeared on 8 March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew. The two-year underwater search for clues has cost the Malaysian government more than US$70m and the Australian government US$60m.
The latest report ties-in with an ON TOUR SPECIAL: The Vanishing of Flight MH370 by Richard Quest, reviewed in BTN on 18 April.
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John Davidson, Paris France
MH370 strangely reminds me of an American, Jim Thompson, ex-CIA WWII, whose home in Bangkok is a wonderful example of what one can do to restore traditions in architecture and silk. But Thompson, visiting KL, went on a walk into the highlands in the 1950s and was never seen again. Nor were his remains ever found. MH370?