Wing part confirmed as coming from MH370

Media Release


07 October 2016

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said today a wing part from a Boeing 777 found in May 2016 on the island of Mauritius had been conclusively determined as coming from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

“The wing part was collected by the Malaysian investigation team from Mauritius and hand-delivered to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) for examination,” Mr Chester said.

“Examination revealed the presence of a unique identifying number relating to the part's construction which allowed it to be determined as definitely coming from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370."

“The finding of this debris, which is the third piece to be conclusively linked to MH370, continues to affirm the focus of search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean. It does not, however, provide information that can be used to determine a specific location of the aircraft."

“The search for MH370 is continuing and we remain hopeful the aircraft will be located."

“Ministers from Malaysia, the People's Republic of China, and Australia agreed at the tripartite meeting on 22 July 2016 to suspend the search for MH370 if the aircraft is not located in the current search area, and if no new credible evidence about the specific location of the aircraft emerges,” Mr Chester said.