Another piece of airplane debris has been found on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius and will be examined by investigators in Australia to ascertain if it belongs to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The new discovery comes just over a week after Australian officials claimed that two pieces of debris found in Mozambique in Africa "almost certainly" belonged to the missing Malaysian plane.
A BBC report said the piece found in Mauritius was discovered by a hotel owner, who claimed the piece looked like a part from the inside of a plane. The person also said that the piece bore some design.
Darren Chester, Australia's transport minister, was quoted as saying by Reuters that the Malaysian Government is working with Mauritian officials to arrange for the piece of debris to be sent to Australia for examination. "This debris is an item of interest. However until the debris has been examined by experts it is not possible to ascertain its origin," Chester reportedly said in a statement.
If confirmed that the piece belongs to the missing MH370 and is indeed from the inside of the plane, it would be the first such piece found. So far, the mystery shrouding the disappearance of the aircraft has not shown much signs of clearing. The flight, carrying 239 passengers and crew members, went missing on 8 March 2014. All efforts at locating the plane or its wreckage have so far gone in vain, barring a few discoveries of pieces of debris from different beaches.
In July 2015, a piece of one of the wings of the missing aircraft was recovered on the French island of Reunion. If the two pieces found in Mozambique — one by a South African tourist and the other by an American lawyer — are confirmed to be of the missing MH370, those will add up to three confirmed pieces of debris of the missing MH370. Another piece, which was recovered from a beach in South Africa that bore the logo of the aircraft's engine maker Rolls-Royce, is being examined by Australian officials.