KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian team will be making its way to Mozambique to inspect debris found on Tuesday, believed to be from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the team, made up of personnel from the Department of Civil Aviation, MAS and investigators, will join its Australian counterparts there soon.
“We are working together with Australia to recover the debris. We would like to get hold of the debris as soon as possible,” he said after witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between VTAR and the Malaysia Furniture Council (MFC).
Liow confirmed that the debris would be sent to Australia but added that it would remain under Malaysian custody.
He said he had received notification of the debris on Tuesday and from examining the pictures, there was a “high probability” it originated from a Boeing 777 aircraft, the same model as MH370.
In fact, the location of the debris, which was found on a beach in Mozambique, fits the drift modelling used in the search for the ill-fated flight.
“If the debris is from MH370, it followed the drifting pattern studied,” said Liow.
However, Liow urged people not to speculate on the matter just yet.
Asked how long it would take to verify the debris, Liow said the process was similar to that of the MH370 flaperon found near the French Réunion islands last July.
“Because it will take time to study the nature and many aspects before deciding which part of the plane it is (from), and whether it belongs to MH370 or not,” he said.
“We would like it (the investigations) to be as quick and as transparent as possible. We will keep you and the next-of-kin informed on what we have found,” he said.
The Beijing-bound Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am on March 8, 2014, and disappeared from radar screens an hour later while over the South China Sea.
The MoU signed between VTAR and MFC will see 40 companies in the furniture industry provide training venues and coaches for VTAR students taking the Furniture Technology Certification Course.
Liow said the partnership between industry and academia would, in time, help fill up the 30,000 vacancies in the local furniture industry.
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