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South Africa and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was a scheduled international flight which left Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 8 March 2014 at 00:42 am (MYT) and was expected to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 am (MYT).

For reasons that are still not known, the aircraft made a turn-back west across the Malay Peninsula; changed direction again and flew north west towards the Andaman Sea; and then turned south.

Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean about 2000 km from Perth , Western Australia.

An international search for the Boeing 777 in the southern Indian Ocean did not locate any debris from MH370 and underwater searches have failed to locate any wreckage of the Boeing 777-200ER.

However, currents in the Indian Ocean carried debris from flight MH370 thousands of kilometers counter-clockwise around the Indian Ocean in an oceanic system called a gyre. Debris which has been confirmed to be from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been recovered in Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, La Réunion Island, South Africa and Tanzania.

Further detail is provided below:-


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Ref. Date Found Debris Location Remarks
Item 4 22 March 2016
              Engine Nose Cowl 

Engine Nose Cowl

              Mossel Bay, South Africa 

Mossel Bay, South Africa

  • Examination showed that part is almost certain from MH370
  • Refer to Appendix 1.12C
Item 20 21 June 2016
              Right Aft Wing to Body Fairing 

Right Aft Wing to Body Fairing

              Kosi Bay Mouth, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa 

Kosi Bay Mouth, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

  • Examination showed that part is highly likely from MH370
  • Refer to Appendix 1.12P
Item 21 18 July 2016
              Unidentified Part 

Unidentified Part

              Northern Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa 

Northern Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

  • Not identifiable
  • Refer to Appendix 1.12Q
Item 26 23 December 2016
              Right Aileron 

Right Aileron

              Nautilus Bay, South Africa 

Nautilus Bay, South Africa

  • Examination showed that part is highly likely from MH370
  • Refer to Appendix 1.12V
Item 27 27 January 2017
              Right Wing No. 7 Flap Support Fairing 

Right Wing No. 7 Flap Support Fairing

              Mpame Beach, South Africa 

Mpame Beach, South Africa

  • Examination showed that part is highly likely from MH370
  • Refer to Appendix 1.12W

Adapted from Table 1.12A - Items of Debris
Source: Safety Investigation Report MH370/01/2018 1.12 Wreckage and Impact Information

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Indian Ocean Gyre
Source: Wikimedia Commons