PETALING JAYA: The “plane wreckage” found off the coast of southern Thailand is not from Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).
The Transport Minister said that the Malaysian team comprising of Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Ministry and Malaysian Airlines (MAS) officials found that the part assembly number, wire bundle number and bolts part number did not match those of a Boeing 777.
He added that the part numbers found on the recovered debris are not listed in the MAS B777 Illustrated Parts Catalogue manual.
“Based on these identifying details, the team has confirmed that the debris does not belong to a B777 9M-MRO aircraft (MH370),” Liow said in a statement on Tuesday.
A large piece of curved metal washed ashore in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, where villagers reported it to authorities to help identify it.
Liow also thanked Thailand’s Transport Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority for facilitating the identification process.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew of MH370. We will continue to keep the next of kin and public updated on any latest developments of MH370. We remain committed to continue the ongoing search in the southern Indian Ocean,” he said.
Flight MH370 with 239 people on board disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. It is believed to have ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
A piece of the plane washed up on the French island of Reunion in July 2015 but no further trace of the plane has been found.