Malaysian officials are analysing pieces of debris that has been washed up on the shores of Mozambique, trying to decipher whether it belongs to the missing MH370 Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared nearly two years ago.
Malaysian Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai stated: "We have studied the drifting pattern the experts they have already studied it and they actually followed the drifting pattern. It
actually landed on Mozambique beach and it actually also following that pattern. But I can't confirm anything now because we need to verify the debris." The metre-long piece of metal is now being sent to Australia, where Australian and Malaysian officials will examine it.
The latest pieces of debris thought to be from the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 Reuters Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai answers questions from journalists during a press conference on an update for Malaysia Airlines ill-fated flights MH370 at an event in Kuala Lumpur on 3 March, 2016 Mohd Rasfan/ AFP Final contact with air traffic control was at 1.19am on 8 March Malaysian government, UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, Australian Maritime Safety Authority A family member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries as he watches a message board dedicated to the passengers onboard the missing plane at a hotel in Beijing Kim Kyung-Hoon/ Reuters
8 March 2014, flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing, only to disappear from radar screens less than an hour into the journey. The Boeing 777 left the airport at 12.41, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew. Reports stated that air traffic control received the last voice contact at 01:19MYT. Neither the crew nor the aircraft's communication systems relayed a distress signal, indications of bad weather, or technical problems before the aircraft vanished, making it one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.
The plane's disappearance prompted a multinational search in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China sea, and was
soon extended to the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea. This comes after a number of 'discoveries' where investigators have claimed that what they have found are sections of the Boeing 777.
On 29 July 2015, a piece of the plane's wing washed up
on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, on the other side of Madagascar, located west of the underwater search area. The object had a stenciled internal marking "657 BB," consistent with the code for a portion of a right wing.
Joao de Abreu, president of Mozambique's Civil Aviation Institute (IACM), holds a piece of suspected aircraft wreckage found off the east African coast of Mozambique at Mozambique's Civil Aviation Institute in Maputo on 3 March, 2016 Adrien Barbier/ AFP A piece of suspected aircraft wreckage found off the east African coast of Mozambique at Mozambique's Civil Aviation Institute (IACM) in Maputo, 3 March 2016 Adrien Barbier/ AFP The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) vessel Hai Xin 01 searches for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 13 April, 2014 Greg Wood/ Reuters Local ecological association members and volunteers carry debris found on August 11, 2015 in the eastern part of Sainte-Suzanne, on France's Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, during search operations for the missing MH370 Richard Bouhet/ AFP A flaperon, which was later confirmed to be part of the missing MH370 discovered by police on Reunion Island http://blog-peuravion.fr A piece of debris found by an ecological search team on 11 August, 2015 in the eastern part of Sainte-Suzanne, on France's Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, during search operations for the missing MH370 flight conducted by French army forces and local associations Richard Bouhet/ AFP French gendarmes and police inspecting a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, 29 July, 2015 Prisca Bigot/ Reuters A volunteer of the '3 E' (Eastern Environnement and Economy) association, who found a plane debris and a objects, presumably luggage holds a plastic bottle of stain remover for laundry with Indonesian writing, produced in Jakarta, during search for more potential plane debris and items on the shore in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island on 29 July, 2014 Ouissem Gombra/ AFP
MH370 search: Ship-related debris on the seabed ATSB Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, was the chief pilot on Flight MH370. He had built a homemade Boeing 777 simulator at his home
MH370 is one of worst incident involving a Boeing 777 and because the plane disappearance remaining unconfirmed it has been that is truly devastating to
those who lost friends and family. Of the 227 passengers, two-thirds were Chinese, with another 38 people as well as 12 crew members who were from Malaysia, while the others were from elsewhere in Asia, Europe and North America. Sgt. Zulhelmi Hassan of the Malaysian Air Forces communicates with the pilot during a search and rescue mission flight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 13 March 2014 Rahman Roslan/ Getty Images Members of the Malaysian Air Forces look for debris from Malaysian Airline flight MH370 during a search and rescue mission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 13 March, 2014 Rahman Roslan/ Getty Images Capt. Syukri of the Malaysian Air Forces shows the flight path on a map during a search and rescue mission flight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 March 2014 Rahman Roslan/ Getty Images Members of the Malaysian Air Forces searches the water for signs of debris from the Malaysian airliner during a search and rescue mission flight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 13 March, 2014 Rahman Roslan/ Getty Images Family members of passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 attend a routine briefing given by Malaysian representatives at Lido Hotel in Beijing on 24 March, 2014 Jason Lee/ Reuters Risman Siregar (L) comforts his wife Erlina Panjaitan (C), parents of Firman Chandra Siregar, a 24 year-old passenger of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 on 8 March 2014 AFP Selamat Omar, father of flight engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat who was on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, is seen inside a hotel where he and other relatives of the passengers were staying until further notice Samsul Said/ Reuters A relative of a passenger on board missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 cries as she arrives at the Everly hotel in Putrajaya Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP Sarah Nor, 55, the mother of 34-year-old Norliakmar Hamid, a passenger on a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, talks on a mobile phone at her house in Kuala Lumpur on 8 March, 2014 Mohd Rasfan/ AFP A family member of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cries as other relatives shout slogans to protest against the lack of new information after a routine briefing given by Malaysia's government and military representatives at Lido Hotel in Beijing March 22, 2014 Jason Lee/ Reuters A relative of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries at a local hotel where families of victims gathered in Beijing, China Feng Li/ Getty Images A family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 cries after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, at the Lido hotel in Beijing, 24 March, 2014 Kim Kyung-Hoon/ Reuters A Chinese family member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 screams as she is being brought into a room outside the media conference area at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur International Airport Edgar Su/ Reuters A family member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 grabs his hair during a briefing by the Malaysian government at a hotel in Beijing Kim Kyung-Hoon/ Reuters A family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 shouts at journalists after watching a television broadcast of a news conference, at the Lido hotel in Beijing Jason Lee/ Reuters
Memorials were laid out all over the world for the victims and families affected, as people struggled to come to terms with the frustrating reality which was that authorities had still not got to the bottom what had happened during the flight.
Malaysia has confirmed that there will be
no official memorial service for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2016, although Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai however said that a ceremony will be held in Parliament to mark the second anniversary of the tragedy.
A family member cries as she and other relatives pray during a candlelight vigil for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the early morning, at Lido Hotel, in Beijing on 8 April 2014 Jason Lee/ Reuters Students at Hailiang International School lighting candles to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Zhuji, in China's Zhejiang province two days after the aircraft went missing AFP A girl reads some of the messages of hope and support for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 at a mall outside Kuala Lumpur Damir Sagolj/ Reuters Relatives of passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 pray at a praying room at Lido Hotel in Beijing Jason Lee/ Reuters A Chinese relative of a passenger missing on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 scuffles with police after trying to break through a barricade to reach the Malaysian Embassy during a protest by relatives on 7 August, 2015 in Beijing, China Kevin Frayer/ Getty Images Students watch as a group of artists put the finishing touches to a three dimensional artwork, based on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, that was painted on a school ground in Makati city, metro Manila on 17 March, 2014 Romeo Ranoco/ Reuters A man cries as Buddhists hold a special prayer for family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in a temple in Subang Jaya Samsul Said/ Reuters A message expressing wellwishes for family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is seen in a Buddhist temple in Subang Jaya Samsul Said/ Reuters A woman writes a message expressing hope for the family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in a Buddhist temple in Subang Jaya, outside Kuala Lumpur Samsul Said/ Reuters Muslims pray during Friday prayers at a mosque near Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The Friday prayers also included a special prayer for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Edgar Su/ Reuters Journalists attempt to interview a woman who is the relative of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, as she crouches on the floor crying, at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on 8 March, 2014 Kim Kyung-Hoon/ Reuters