Plane debris in Besut not from MH370, says Liow

Plane debris in Besut not from MH370, says Liow

A Supreme Court has officially declared a Kiwi onboard missing plane MH370 dead.

Flight MH370 with 239 passengers and crew on board, vanished from the radar on March 8, 2014 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

"The Australian government welcomes the Dong Hai Jiu 101 to the search effort and thanks the government of the People's Republic of China for its generous contribution", Truss said in a statement on Friday.

Recently, the Australian search operation had hit an obstacle with its underwater sonar vehicle towfish, attached to the ship Fugro Discovery, which ran aground in the southern expanse of the Indian Ocean after hitting a submerged mud volcano.

A metal object believed to be plane wreckage has washed up off Malaysia, prompting speculation that it may be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370.

Warren Truss said China had offered the vessel to Australia last November.

Dong Hai Jiu 101 is set to depart Singapore for Australia on Sunday, January 31 and join the hunt - which has so far covered 85,000 square kilometers (32,820 square miles) of the 120,000 square kilometers search zone - in late February, Truss added.

The sonar towed system will be operated by Phoenix International Holdings and Hydrospheric Solutions, both of which have experience in the MH370 search having previously operated on search vessel Go Phoenix.

On July 29 previous year, a flaperon was found on La Reunion Island, a small French-owned island in the Indian Ocean, and sent to France for further analysis.

People stand next to a piece of suspected plane wreckage which has been found off the coast of southern Thailand in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, January 24, 2016.

Malaysia's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said the two-metre-long object found in the eastern state of Terengganu on Thursday had been examined by officials from the ministry, the Department of Civil Aviation and Malaysia Airlines.

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