Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Wing part confirmed as coming from MH370

Media Release

DC116/2016

16 September 2016

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

“At the request of the Government of Malaysia, the part was transported to Australia where it was examined by experts at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB),” Mr Chester said.

“Examination revealed the presence of unique identifying numbers 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—the second piece to be conclusively linked to MH370—further affirms 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, unless credible new evidence about the specific location of the aircraft emerges.

“Other debris recently provided to the ATSB is still being assessed.”