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MH370 Debris Shows No Evidence of Fire

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Pieces of aircraft wreckage found off the east African coast are displayed at Mozambique's Civil Aviation Institute (IACM) in Maputo on Sept. 5. (Adrien Barbier/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 23 Sep 2016 02:21 PM

Debris thought to be from MH370 shows no evidence of fire aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, investigators say.

The blackened debris found off the east African coast drew speculation that a fire downed the plane. But according to investigators with the Australia Transport Safety Bureau, the dark cast on the two pieces of debris is not an indication of a fire, but instead the reaction of an applied substance.

“The dark color of the coating was an inherent property of the resin, and not the result of exposure to heat or fire,” the ATSB said in a report on its website.

A thinner application of the same resin on an off-white background resulted in a lighter gray area.

“At this stage it is not possible to determine whether the debris is from MH370 or indeed even a Boeing 777,” Darren Chester, an Australian Transport Minister, said in a statement, according to Daily News & Analysis. “Further work will be undertaken in an attempt to determine the origin of the items, specifically whether they originated from a Boeing 777 aircraft.”

The plane, which has yet to be found, disappeared from the radar while it was in route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March of 2014. It was carrying nearly 240 passengers and crew members.

The two pieces of composite found were brought to Australia by American Blaine Gibson, who recovered the items in Madagascar, Daily News & Analysis noted. When Gibson brought the debris to be forensically investigated, he told local media that one piece of the debris appeared to show “some signs of melting…as you see when something is exposed to fire.”

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