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Malaysia: Mozambique Plane Debris Could be From MH370

FILE - Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.
FILE - Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.

A Malaysian official says based on early reports, a piece of debris found in Mozambique likely comes from a Boeing 777 jet -- the same type of plane as missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai cautions that officials "are not able to conclude that the debris belongs to MH370 at this time."

Writing on Twitter, the transport minister says Malaysia's civil aviation authority is working with Australian officials to retrieve the debris.

US official's theory

According to the Associated Press, a U.S. official says the debris appears to be the leading edge of the right-hand horizontal stabilizer of a Boeing 777.

Flight MH370 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew when it disappeared two years ago on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The flight veered far off course about an hour after takeoff, and investigators believe it flew into the southern Indian Ocean for several hours before crashing. Last year, authorities found a piece of the plane's wing on the shores of Reunion island.