Malaysia Flight MH370: Team headed to examine Maldives debris

August 11, 2015 9:53 am

will send a team to the to determine whether debris
reportedly found there is further wreckage from Flight MH370, the
transport minister said.
Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia had been
“officially notified” by authorities in the Maldives of objects found
there, whose origin remains unverified.
“We will be dispatching a
team to the Maldives to view the debris as well as conduct preliminary
verification of the debris. At this stage, it is highly premature to
speculate on whether this debris is in any way connected to MH370.”

Objects believed to be part of the missing
MH370 flight are claimed to have washed up in the
Maldives. Photo / Facebook  


Maldives has joined a regional search for wreckage from the missing
Malaysia flight following reports that islanders in the Indian
ocean atoll nation had spotted unidentified debris.
But it is being suggested that the Maldives’ debris is most likely from a barge that capsized in February.

The captain, Abdulla Rasheed, has told online site Haveeru that the barge was carrying wall panels.
The materials were on their way to a new resort in Raa Atoll when the vessel capsized on February 10.
the pictures of the debris found on most of the islands, I can almost
certainly say that they are from the cargo we were carrying,” he said.
police said they received reports of several sightings of items washed
up along the northern atolls of the archipelago, some of which occurred
about a month ago.
There is new attention on seaborne debris in
the Indian Ocean after Malaysia last week said a wing part that washed
ashore on the French island of Reunion came from the ill-fated plane.
marked the first confirmed evidence that the jet, which was carrying
239 passengers and crew, met a tragic end in the Indian Ocean in March
After that discovery, the Malaysian authorities alerted
nearby Madagascar and the South African coast to be on the lookout,
saying it was possible debris would wash up in those locations.
Mauritius has also joined the search.

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