Aviation buff may have found MH370 debris near Mossel Bay

2016-03-23 07:58
Aircraft debris (Blaine Gibson/ATSB via AP)

Aircraft debris (Blaine Gibson/ATSB via AP)

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Johannesburg - The Pretoria man who may have found debris from a Malaysian plane that vanished two years ago says he stumbled on the wreckage while taking a stroll on the beach at Mossel Bay.

Neels Kruger, who is an archaeologist and an aviation enthusiast, told News24 that he found the wreckage while walking with his family alongside the lagoon at the Klein Brak Rivier near Mossel Bay in the Western Cape on Monday afternoon.

"At first I found it strange, but then I had a closer look and saw the honeycomb core on the inside of the wreckage," Kruger said.

While he was not sure what part of the plane it could be, he assumed it was the housing of the plane's engine.

Kruger has been following the story of the missing plane very closely.

Rolls Royce logo

He said when he flipped over the debris, it had the grey stripes of the Rolls Royce logo underneath.

"I could still see half of the Rolls Royce logo, which had the double R imprinted on it," he said.

Malaysia Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Tuesday it would send a team to retrieve the piece.

He reportedly said that based on early reports, there was a possibility that it was part of an "inlet cowling of an aircraft engine".

Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 passengers and crew on board, shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.

A piece of the plane washed up on the French island of Reunion in July 2015 but the aircraft has still not been found.

Kruger said he took photos and sent it to one of his friends who is in the aircraft industry to get insight on whether this could be linked to the missing plane.

"My friend spoke to a few people in the industry and they immediately said that I should contact the South African Civil Aviation Authority," Kruger said.

After making contact with the authority, he was instructed to bubble wrap the debris and keep it safe.

Read more on:    malaysian airlines  |  george  |  air crashes  |  mh370

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