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Debris Found in South Africa ‘Almost Certainly’ From Flight 370

FILE - Children write messages of hope for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport June 14, 2014.

Two pieces of debris found in South Africa and near the Mauritian island of Rodrigues “almost certainly” came from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared two years ago, Malaysia’s transport ministry said Thursday.

Since the plane mysteriously vanished in March 2014, five pieces of debris have been found in the area off Africa’s eastern coast. Extensive underwater search efforts have so far turned up no clues as to the fate of the 239 passengers and crew onboard the plane when it disappeared.

According to Transportation Minister Liow Tiong Low, the recent discovery turned up an engine cowling piece with a distinctive Rolls-Royce logo and a piece of the aircraft’s interior cabin panel. He said a team of experts based in Australia inspected the debris and believe it is part of the missing plane.

Last year, a part of the plane’s wing was discovered washed up on a beach on Reunion Island, near Madagascar. More recently in March, investigators found two more pieces of debris from the plane on the coast of Mozambique.