Mozambique seeks international help in aircraft debris probe


Mozambique will seek international assistance in the investigation and identification of the aircraft debris, which was found off the country’s central coast three days ago.

The country’s aviation authority said on Thursday that it will welcome international organizations with technical capacity to collaborate in the investigations.

Joao Abreu, the director of National Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique, showed the debris to the media at a press conference held in the institute, and pointed out that the speculation about whether the wreckage is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is “premature”, without any actual evidence or technical detection to prove the estimation.

“Apparently it is a part of an airplane. But it is very difficult, for any accident investigator, to affirm to which kind of airplane this part belongs,” said Abreu.

Malaysia’s Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai on Wednesday said that there is high possibility that the debris found in Mozambique belongs to a Boeing 777. He however stressed that no conclusion had been reached, saying there was no confirmation that the debris belongs to Malaysia Airlines’ ‪#‎MH370 plane that vanished two years ago carrying 239 people on board.

Liow Tiong Lai revealed this in a series of tweets on his personal account.

He said on Thursday that a team will be sent to Mozambique to inspect the newly found debris there.

Australian and Malaysian authorities responsible for the investigation of the disappearance of MH370 have already been in contact with the aviation institute, expressing interests in analysing the debris, according to Abreu.