New Debris Found In MH370 Search

September 12, 2016

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Pieces of debris that could have come from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been found in Madagascar and handed over to Australia’s ATSB for investigation.

American amateur searcher Blaine Gibson said he found the pieces of debris washed up in Madagascar. Some of the debris showed signs of a fire he said.

Gibson handed the debris to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau which is coordinating the search for MH370.

Gibson, a lawyer, said he is paying his own expenses as he looks for MH370 debris.

Several pieces of wreckage have washed up on beaches in Africa and been identified as coming from MH370.

The search has concentrated on an area spanning 120,000 square km (46,332 square miles) of the southern Indian Ocean as the plane is thought to have diverted thousands of miles off course.

The search has lasted more than two years but found no sign of the main wreckage.

The three countries involved in the search - Australia, China and Malaysia - said in July it will be suspended in December if the aircraft is not found in the area now being searched.

MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. Most of the passengers onboard were Chinese.