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Liow: Mozambique Debris in Australia for Examination and Verification

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Media statement by YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, Malaysia

The two pieces of debris which were discovered in Mozambique have been transported from Malaysia by the Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370 (MH370 Safety Investigation Team). Both pieces arrived in Australia on Sunday morning, 20 March 2016.
The MH370 Safety Investigation Team will carry out the examination and analysis on the two pieces of debris with the assistance of the experts from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA), Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Boeing to verify their origins. This is in order to adhere to full transparency and accountability in accordance with international protocols, whereby both pieces of debris will only be examined in Canberra once it is in the presence of these experts.
The examination process is to commence on March 21 and with the assistance of the experts’ team we hope to have results of the debris examination as soon as possible.
The first piece of debris was recovered from Mozambique. The second piece, also from Mozambique, had been brought to South Africa by the family who had discovered it. A Malaysian team comprising DCA, MAS and the MH370 Safety Investigation Team retrieved the piece from South African authorities.
In line with this, official updates on the examination of the debris will be shared when verified information becomes available.
In consideration of the families of the passengers and crew of MH370, I once again urge the public and interested parties to avoid undue speculation and unfounded comments until the origins of these two pieces of debris can be confirmed by the experts.
Malaysia reiterates that it is wholly and unwaveringly committed to the search for MH370. We will also keep the families of the passengers and crew informed of any new developments in the search and investigation on MH370.

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