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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: New Debris a Breakthrough?

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Is this debris found off the coast of Mozambique from Flight MH370? (Adrien Barbier/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 03 Mar 2016 09:39 AM

As Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 approaches the second anniversary since it disappeared, authorities are saying debris that washed ashore over the weekend in Mozambique could be evidence that the missing airliner with 239 aboard crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

Photos of the debris recently found on a sandbank in the Mozambique Channel between the eastern African country and Madagascar was being examined by investigators from Malaysia, Australia, and the United States, reported NBC News.

The debris, with the words "NO STEP" stamped on it, is thought to be from an airliner's horizontal stabilizer, a wing-like part attached to the tail, sources told NBC News.

The plane disappeared on March 8, 2014.

Blaine Gibson, who told CNN he chartered a boat in Mozambique this past weekend, found the debris with the boat's owner.

"It never occurred to me that I would find something like this here," Gibson said. "It's almost like a dream. I don't know if it's from 370 or another plane. Whatever it is, even if it's not from 370, it raises awareness that people need to look for stuff on beaches."

CNN reported Australian officials as saying the debris' location was consistent with drift models from the southern Indian Ocean. The debris was being taken to Australia for further examination.

Darren Chester, Australia's minister for infrastructure and transport, said Thursday that the find "reaffirms the search area for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean," according to NBC News.

Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysia's minister of transport, confirmed the finding in a series of Twitter messages Wednesday but cautioned about jumping to conclusions.

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As Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 approaches the second anniversary since it disappeared, authorities are saying debris that washed ashore over the weekend in Mozambique could be evidence that the missing airliner with 239 aboard crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
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