Debris recovered from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to a statement by Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai on Friday (Oct 7).
The debris was found in May this year.
An investigation carried out by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) identified the debris from a part number found on it.
“From a part number found on a section of the debris, the piece has been identified as a trailing edge splice strap, incorporated into the rear spar assembly of a Boeing 777 left outboard flap," said Liow in his written statement.
"Adjacent to the part number was a second part identifier. The flap manufacturer supplied records indicating that this work order number was incorporated into the outboard flap shipset line number 404. This corresponds to the Boeing 777 aircraft line number 404, registered as 9M-MRO (MH370)."
This marks the latest piece of debris that has been examined, analysed, and confirmed to have originated from MH370, following the confirmation of the Tanzania debris last month.
The Boeing 777 vanished on Mar 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people aboard. It remains one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.