KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 – A fragment believed to be from inside the cabin of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found on an island in Mauritius, east of Africa, says a report. MH370 Independent Group (IG) expert Don Thompson told news.com.au that he had seen the photographs of the part and said it appeared to be matching the bulkhead of a MAS 777 business class cabin.
He said, however, the decorative finish on the piece was not limited to that of a Boeing 777 and could also have come from an economy class segment. Fellow IG member Mike Exner agreed with the assessment and said that the group had passed the information to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). If it is proven to be from the missing plane, the fragment would be the first possible internal fragment to have been found.
The report said that the debris was found by a couple who were holidaying on Rodrigues Island (a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Mauritius). On March 8, 2014, the Beijing-bound MAS Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with 239 passengers and crew members on board disappeared from the radar about 49 minutes after taking off from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am.
The search for the missing plane is being conducted in the southern Indian Ocean. Last week, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai confirmed two pieces of debris discovered in Mozambique were almost certainly from the missing plane, as both parts were consistent with panels from a Boeing 777 aircraft.