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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Man who discovered plane debris says would be ‘lucky discovery’ if part is from MH370

U.S. lawyer Blaine Gibson says it would be a “very lucky discovery” if the piece of aircraft he found recently on a sandbank off the coast of Mozambique is confirmed to be from the Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished two years ago.

Gibson, who is currently carrying out his own investigation on what happened to the vanished aircraft, flew to Malaysia to attend a commemorative event on Sunday held by families of the 239 people who were on board Flight MH370 to mark the second anniversary of the plane’s disappearance.

Speaking to The Associated Press upon his arrival at the airport outside of Kuala Lumpur, Gibson said on Saturday that he was cautious about the possibility that the part is from the missing Boeing 777 because three large jets had crashed in the area before.

The plane part Gibson had discovered is believed to be the horizontal stabilizer from an airplane of the same make as MH370.

The only confirmed MH370 debris so far is a flaperon from one of the wings, which was found last year in July on Reunion Island, some 2,100km east of Mozambique.

Additional reporting by Associated Press.

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