The two possible fragments of MH370 found on Mozambique shores arrived in Australia on Sunday morning from Kuala Lumpur according to an apparent media statement by Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai posted on social media overnight by Hippy Girl.
Confirmation, however belated, is expected from Australia’s ATSB sometime today, perhaps even with a press conference by Liow’s new counterpart in Australia, Darren Chester.
The fragments were rested in Kuala Lumpur on their long journey to Canberra, where they will be examined by the ATSB, Malaysia officials and Boeing, which made the Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER which vanished on 8 March 2014 with 239 people onboard on a red eye flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
One fragment, found in last December by Liam Lotter, is stenciled with a number that matched the Boeing parts number for an access panel to the outer right hand side of a 777 wing.
Another, found in February by Blaine Gibson, appears to have been torn from the right hand side horizontal stabilizer of a Boeing 777, that being the stubby wings seen at the base of the tail which houses the vertical stabilizer.
Both fragments bore few traces of marine life.
It is assumed that the ATSB made sure that Australian Customs hasn’t seized the two potential parts of MH370 and cleansed them of all surviving vestiges of marine life colonization, which could prove critical to determining their provenance, and would in Australian law, apparently constitute unlawful interference with the wreckage of a plane crash prior to an official investigation.
Further developments are awaited.
The ATSB has responded to Plane Talking and Hippy Girl as follows:
Both pieces of debris were packaged in Africa and remained that way until arrival. They will be opened today with investigators from a range of countries and organisations in attendance. Procedures appropriate to maintain the integrity of this potential evidence have been followed. We do not anticipate any statements on the findings of the examination until the process is complete.