Sunday, March 6, 2016

DCA officials leave for Mozambique over plane debris find

A Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) team is scheduled to meet with their Mozambican counterparts in the southern African country tomorrow to discuss the recovery of an object believed to be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAB) aircraft MH370. "They will meet with the director-general of the Mozambique DCA tomorrow to discuss on the discovery and bring back the debris," said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The three-member Malaysian team comprising investigators and personnel from DCA and Malaysia Airlines, is now in Mozambique with their Australian counterparts, following news of the discovery of the aircraft part early this week, he told reporters. Liow had described the find as highly possible to belong to a Boeing 777, the same model of the ill-fated plane, which went missing two years ago. He said the part would be sent to Australia for inspection but it would remain under Malaysia's custody. On the compensation claims filed by the next of kin of MH370 passengers, Liow said to date, less than 60 cases had been settled. "Again, I urge the next of kin to file their claims before March 8, before their rights to claim compensation is over. "This is in line with the Montreal Convention, which requires next of kin of victims to file for compensation within two years of the incident," he said. Liow said on March 8, an interim statement would be released by the Malaysian investigators while the Dewan Rakyat speaker would deliver a speech to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragedy. The Beijing-bound flight MH370 with 239 passengers and crew on board went missing on the early morning of March 8, 2014, after departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. – Bernama, March 6, 2016.]]>

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