Possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has washed ashore in Mozambique and officials are now studying the object in an effort to confirm the connection.
If confirmed to be from the missing airliner, the object would be the second piece of wreckage found since the flight disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, CNN reported
. Authorities believe the debris is a piece of horizontal stabilizer skin, which is part of the aircraft's tail.
Debris from the Flight 370 was found on Reunion Island, near Madagascar, last July with French investigators confirming it was from the airliner a month later, CNN noted. Mozambique is about 1,300 miles west of Reunion Island.
ABC News stated that Mozambique and Malaysian
authorities have joined Australia in examining the debris. The Australian Joint Agency Coordination Center was created to coordinate search and recovery operations for Flight 370.
According to The Wall Street Journal
, Malaysia's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said he believes there is a "high possibility" that the debris is from the missing aircraft, which is a Boeing 777.
"It is yet to be confirmed and verified," Liow stated on his Twitter account, according to The Journal. "I urged everyone to avoid undue speculation as we are not able to conclude that the debris belongs to Flight 370 at this time."
Australia continues to lead the underwater search for Flight 370 with four vessels combing a 75,000-square-mile area, according to the newspaper. The search should be done by the middle of 2016.
The Journal wrote that authorities believe Flight 370 eventually crashed in a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean.
The debris found on Reunion Island last year was determined to be flaperon, a wing piece from the missing airliner, according to The New York Times
. Investigators identified three serial numbers from inside the flaperon by using an endoscope and matched one of them with the manufacturer's records, the newspaper stated.
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