Following the retrieval of further wreckage in Mozambique dubbed to be part of the still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370), the Australian Transport Safety Bureau acknowledged the latest development via an official statement.
The comments, which were made via the sector’s regular updates on the matter, shared that examining what could be part of the aircraft falls on the Malaysian government’s jurisdiction.
“Late last week, further debris was reported as being found on Linga Linga beach in Mozambique. Retrieval and analysis of evidence, including possible debris from MH370, is the responsibility of the Government of Malaysia. Australia, via the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), is continuing to support Malaysia with the examination of debris where appropriate,” an excerpt from the report read.
It can be remembered that back in March, debris with the text “NO STEP” had been found on the coast of the said South African nation. It was believed to be the horizontal stabilizer of the fallen plane. Subsequently, another report popped up after with claims that back in December of last year, another piece of debris was also found in one of the beaches of the country. Liam Lotter, who spotted the said artifact, only pieced together what he apparently saw when news of another sighting made headlines earlier that month.
Unfortunately, search operations are slowly running out of time with the unanimous decision from the Chinese, Australian and Malaysian governments to no longer extend the search if by December 2016, the aircraft is still not found. Nevertheless, the ATSB clarified that this does not mean that they are no longer pursuing the mystery behind the disappearance of the Boeing 777-200ER.
“Ministers went to great lengths to explain that this does not mean the termination of the search. Should credible new information emerge that can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given to determining next steps,” the bureau explained.
The search operation has been ongoing since 2014, the same year when the aircraft made that fateful trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing boarding 227 passengers but never reached its destination. Since then, a lot of theories have been floating around with regard to what really happened. A more recent report of a suicidemass murder angle is once again being re-examined especially with findings that MH370 had a guided landing, wherever the specific location may have been.