Debris from Madagascar 
handed to Malaysian team

KUALA LUMPUR — Debris found off a Madagascar island that may be from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have been handed to a Malaysian investigation team, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said yesterday.

The debris were found by independent MH370 investigator Blaine Gibson and handed to the International Civil Aviation Organisation Annex Safety Investigation Team for MH370 from Malaysia on Tuesday.

“The debris will be sent for examination and analysis to determine if they originated from MH370,” the DCA said in a statement.

The items handed over were a stabiliser panel with the words “No Step”, an engine cowling bearing a Rolls-Royce logo, and a fibreglass skin aluminium honeycomb cored panel.

DCA said it would provide an update once it could confirm the source of the debris.

Gibson, who has been conducting a one-man search for the plane, discovered the debris off Madagascar on June 10.

MH370 disappeared from civilian radars shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.

Several pieces of debris have been reportedly found off the African coast, while a search operation is ongoing in the southern Indian Ocean.

The transport ministers of Malaysia, Australia and China are scheduled to hold a tripartite meeting to discuss the next step as mounting costs weigh on the two-year-long search for the missing plane.

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