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Debris off Southern Thailand not from MH370

Malaysian officials have confirmed that debris recovered off the coast of Southern Thailand last week does not belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER.

In a statement, transport minister Liow Tiong Lai says Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation, along with their Thai counterparts “have examined [the debris’] origins” and “ascertained that the part assembly, number, wire bundle number and bolts part number do not match those of a 777”.

He adds that the part numbers found on the recovered debris are not listed in the Malaysia Airlines 777 Illustrated Parts Catalogue manual.

MH370, registered as 9M-MRO, went missing on 8 March 2014, whilst enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Subsequent investigations have determined that the aircraft ended its flight in the southern Indian Ocean.

Last year, a flaperon washed up the shores of Reunion Island was positively identified as having come from the missing aircraft.

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