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Australia: Mozambique debris likely from Malaysia jet

FILE – In this Monday, March 21, 2016, a part of a plane is photographed in Mossel Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa. The part which may be part of a plane engine has been found on the southern coast of South Africa and will be checked to see if it belongs to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished two years ago, Malaysian Tranport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Neels Kruger, File)
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SYDNEY (AP) – Two pieces of debris recently discovered along the coast of Mozambique are “highly likely” to have come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian and Malaysian officials said Thursday.

An analysis of the parts by an international investigation team showed both pieces are consistent with panels from a Malaysia burma airlines myanmar airlines Boeing 777 aircraft, Transport Minister Darren Chester said in a statement.

“The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370,” Chester said.

The dimensions, materials and construction of both parts conform to those of a 777, and the paint and stenciling on both parts match those used by Malaysia Airlines, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a separate statement.

The discovery of the two pieces provides another piece of the puzzle into the plane’s fate, and bolsters authorities’ assertion that the plane went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean. But whether the debris can provide any clues into exactly what happened to the aircraft and why is uncertain.