MH370 update: two more pieces found

Two more pieces of debris found in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off Mauritius have been identified as parts from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

The Malaysian government said that the two items are “almost certainly” from the missing aircraft. According to Transport Minister Liow Tiong, one part is an engine cowling piece that has a Rolls-Royce logo, and the other piece is from the plane’s cabin’s interior.

“As such, the team has confirmed that both pieces of debris from South Africa and Rodrigues Island are almost certainly from MH370,” said Tiong in a statement.

Now being considered as one of the world’s biggest aviation mysteries, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared without a trace on March 8, 2014, right after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. It had 239 people on board.

A search in the southern Indian Ocean is ongoing.

The number of items that are believed to be from the flight now brings the total number to five, all of which were found in different areas in the Indian Ocean–one was from France’s Reunion Island, and two debris in Mozambique coast discovered last March.

“The panel thickness, materials and construction conformed to the applicable drawings for Boeing 777 engine cowlings,” said the report.

One part was found by travelers in Rodrigues Island, while the piece with the Rolls-Royce logo was found by an archaeologist who was in South Africa’s southern coast.

Authorities are currently doing tests and further investigations. The marine samples in the two new pieces are being studied–the results will be given to the Malaysian investigation team once complete.