Debris suspected to be parts of an airplane were discovered on two separate islands in the Maldives today.
A large white piece was found washed ashore on Baa Atoll Goidhoo Island, located on the west of the Maldives archipelago, and two large pieces of grey metal sheets with numbers were found on the resort of Gililankanfushi, on the archipelago’s east.
The Maldives was in the global media spotlight in August when some five islands reported finding unidentified debris, soon after the discovery of a wing fragment of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on the Indian Ocean Island of Reunion.
Most of the debris found in the Maldives were not from MH370, Malaysian authorities have said.
A police spokesman said the pieces of debris are being transported to the capital Malé.
The Civil Aviation Authority will first inspect the debris to determine if they are parts of a plane, before reporting the find to Malaysia, he added.
MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people. It was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Locals on the island of Kuda Huvadhoo in the Maldives insist they saw a low-flying plane on the morning MH370 disappeared. But Maldivian authorities say they have not detected any unidentified vessels in Maldivian airspace at the time.