Written by Staff Writer
08 Oct, 2016 | 5:40 pm
The Australian government said on Friday that a piece of debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius in May was from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
It is the third piece of debris to be definitively linked to MH370, Australia’s transport minister Darren Chester said Friday.
“It does not, however, provide information that can be used to determine a specific location of the aircraft,” Chester said.
Investigators used a part number found on the debris to link it to the missing Boeing 777, the agency said in a statement.
Several pieces of wreckage from the plane have washed ashore on coastlines around the Indian Ocean since the aircraft vanished with 239 people on board during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
So far, none of the debris has helped narrow down the precise location of the main underwater wreckage.
Oceanographers have been analysing wing flaps found in Tanzania and on the French island of La Reunion to see if they might be able to identify a potential new search area through drift modelling.
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