The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) reported on Thursday that researchers had discovered two pieces of debris that seemed to be from an aircraft, and that the agency had reported it to Malaysian authorities. According to government spokesman Michael Payet, the largest of the two bits of debris was about 4ft (120cm) long and 1ft (30cm) wide and seemed to be made out of aluminum and carbon fiber, both materials widely used on airplanes. He suggested that the parts found could be part of “an engine cover.”
The researchers who discovered the debris were on an unrelated mission on Farqhar Island, one of the islands that make up the Seychelles. They were researching birds and turtles on the island when they stumbled upon the debris.
A senior SCAA official reportedly stated that “The direction of flow of the sea currents make it likely that the (debris) came from the general direction where other parts (of MH370) have been found in Indian Ocean countries.” Past discoveries of debris from the plane have been made on La Reunion in the Indian Ocean, on the coast of Mozambique in Southeast Africa, and on the coast of South Africa.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing in-flight in March 2014 after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur, enroute to Beijing. The aircraft, a Boeing 777, had its transponder reportedly turned off and is presumed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean. Recovery efforts have been based out of Perth, Australia, among other locations.
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