Plane debris from South Africa and Mauritius confirmed as being from missing MH370

There were 239 passengers and crew aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight when it went missing

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Debris which washed ashore on beaches in South Africa and Mauritius two months ago has been confirmed as belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

A statement from the Malaysian Minister of Transport said investigators have concluded an engine cowling with a Rolls Royce logo and an interior panel from an aircraft cabin are consistent with those found on Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft.

"As such, the team has confirmed that both pieces of debris from South Africa and Rodrigues Island are almost certainly from MH370," the statement said.

It added the findings complemented results from an examination of two further pieces of wreckage discovered along the coast of Mozambique said to be "almost certainly" from the missing aircraft, according to Australian officials.

Local archaeologist Neels Kruger found the Rolls Royce debris near Mossel Bay, a small town in Western Cape province, South Africa, in March.

He came across it while walking with his family along a river, and immediately contacted authorities.

The other piece of wreckage was found by hotel guests on Rodrigues Island, which lies about 350 miles east of Mauritius Island, in April.

MH370 went missing on 8th March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 passengers and crew aboard.

Aviation experts believe MH370 veered sharply off course to the far-southern Indian Ocean before crashing into the sea.

The Malaysian Transport Ministry statement added that the governments of Malaysia, Australia and China continue to be "wholly committed" to the search for MH370.