Three pieces of debris to be examined in connection with disappearance of flight MH370

The Australian transport minister has confirmed debris found in Mauritius and Mozambique is 'of interest'

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In this photo, Malaysia men are silhouetted against taxied Malaysia Airlines' planes in Kuala Lumpur International Airport | Image: Joshua Paul / AP/Press Association Images

Australia has said that three pieces of debris are "of interest" in connection to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

The country's transport minister Darren Chester confirmed reports that two pieces of debris were discovered in Mauritius, as well as one in Mozambique.

In a statement, Mr Chester said: “The Malaysian Government is yet to take custody of the items, however as with previous items, Malaysian officials are arranging collection and it is expected the items will be brought to Australia for examination. These items of debris are of interest and will be examined by experts".

He added that teams have finished searching 105,000 square kilometres of the 120,000 square kilometre search zone in the southern Indian Ocean.

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that debris which washed ashore on beaches in South Africa and Mauritius belonged to the Malaysia Airlines plane.

Investigators concluded that an engine cowling with a Rolls Royce logo and an interior panel from an aircraft cabin were consistent with those found on Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft.

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.