PETALING JAYA: The two pieces of debris found in Seychelles recently are not from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, said the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
Its director-general Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman (pix) said in a statement on Friday that the MH370 investigation team had carried out assessments of the photographs and confirmed that the pieces of debris were not from a Boeing 777 or Rolls Royce engine.
He also thanked the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) for its cooperation.
The SCAA had said that scientists researching birds and turtles had found the debris washed up on Farqhar, one of the islands that make up the tropical Indian Ocean nation.
“The direction of flow of the sea currents make it likely that the (debris) came from the general direction where other parts (of MH370) have been found in Indian Ocean countries,” a senior SCAA official had told Reuters.
Michael Payet, a spokesman for the state agency that manages all Seychelles islands, said the largest of the two bits of debris was about 120cm long and 30cm wide and appeared to be made of aluminium and carbon fibre.
On March 8, 2014, MH370 which was bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur went missing shortly after take off.
There were 239 passengers and crew on board. The plane's journey is believed to have ended in the southern Indian Ocean.
Several pieces of debris confirmed to be from MH370 have been collected.
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