The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is examining a new piece of debris found on a Tanzanian island to check if it possibly belongs to the missing Malaysian flight MH370. The Boeing 777 went missing in 2014 with 239 people on board.

Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester confirmed in a statement that a "piece of aircraft debris" was found on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania. Australia is running a search for the wreckage of the missing Malaysian aircraft in the Indian ocean.

While the official search operation, which is due to end soon, has still not been able to locate the wreckage, some pieces of debris washed up along different coasts in the Indian ocean have been found and confirmed to be most certainly from the missing MH370. AP quoted Chester as saying in the statement that further examination of the new piece of debris will establish if it belongs to the missing aircraft. Meanwhile, on Wednesday (22 June), ATSB announced that some pieces of debris found on an Australian island earlier in June were found to have no links with the missing flight.

The MH370 flight en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur vanished on 8 March, 2014, and it is feared that all those on board were killed following a crash. However, extensive search operations being carried out by Australian authorities, who have swept a major part of the 120,000-sq km stretch in the Indian Ocean earmarked for the search, has yielded no results so far. A recent tripartite discussion between Malaysia, China and Australian authorities gave no updates on the future of the ongoing search operation.

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A new piece of debris possibly of missing Malaysian aircraft MH370 has been found on a Tanzanian islandReuters