South African teenager finds suspected piece of MH370 plane
Debris discovered in Mozambique sent for testing in investigation into missing aircraft
A piece of debris found by a South African family off the Mozambique coast which authorities will examine to see if it is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Photograph: Candace Lotter/Reuters
A South African teenager has found debris which will be sent to Australia for testing as part of the investigation into the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane two years ago, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said on Friday.
He said that after a suspected part of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was found in Mozambique last week his family made the connection with his find.
That white, metre-long chunk of metal is being tested by officials in Australia, with help from Malaysian authorities and representatives of manufacturer Boeing.
South African authorities plan to hand over the debris found by Mr Lotter to the same Australian team.
“We are arranging for collection of the part, which will then be sent to Australia as they are the ones appointed by Malaysia to identify parts found,” SACAA spokesman Kabelo Ledwaba told Reuters.
A piece of the plane’s wing was washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion in July 2015.