Liow: DCA to contact Thai authorities over ‘wreckage’


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  • Sunday, 24 Jan 2016

LANGKAWI: The suspected “plane wreckage” found of the coast of southern Thailand is not confirmed to be from MH370, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).

“It is still speculation right now,” the Transport Minister told The Star at the Langkawi International Airport, referring to news reports on the purported wreckage.

Liow added that he had instructed the Department of Civil Aviation to contact its Thai counterpart for verification.

He added that the public should not share unverified news lest it “causes more pain to the victims’ family members”.

A piece of suspected plane wreckage was reportedly found off the coast of southern Thailand, a local official said on Saturday, prompting speculation it might belong to Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.

A large piece of curved metal washed ashore in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, where villagers reported it to the authorities to help identify it, Tanyapat Patthikongpan, head of Pak Phanang district, told Reuters.

“Villagers found the wreckage, measuring about 2m wide and 3m long,” he said.

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, after its departure from Kuala Lumpur with 239 passengers on board.

On July 29, 2015, a piece of the plane wing was discovered on Reunion Island and sent to France for further analysis.

On Aug 6, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak confirmed that part of the flaperon found on the island belonged to the aircraft.

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