Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Australia confirms Mozambique debris 'almost certainly' from MH370
Australia's transport minister Darren Chester said the stencils of key words and numbers fully matched the font used by Malaysia Airlines, which differed from the font used by the Boeing factory when delivering aircraft.
He said this link proved that both pieces, one from the horizontal stabiliser and the other from the wing, were from the missing Boeing 777 which went missing on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board.
"I welcome the Technical Examination Report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirming the debris almost certainly originated from MH370," Chester said in a statement released on Wednesday," he said.
"Stenciling on both parts of debris provided investigators with evidence of the link. The font and colour of a number stenciled on the first part conforms to that developed and used by Malaysian Airlines.
An illustration from the ATSB report showing where the missing part with the words "No Step" stencilled on it came from. An illustration from the ATSB report showing where the missing part with the words "No Step" stencilled on it came from.
"The second part contained the words 'No Step' with stenciling consistent with that used by Malaysian Airlines and a fastener attached to the part provided evidence linking the part to the aircraft's production line.
"I thank the team from ATSB, Geoscience Australia, Boeing and the Australian National University for their work," said Chester.
He said the search for the missing jetliner would continue, and it was once again ready to search the final 20,000 square kilometers in the search area.
MH370 was a scheduled passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.