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Mozambique plane debris might belong to MH370

Two pieces of aircraft found on a beach in Mozambique that may have come from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are to be sent to Australia for verification.

Malaysia's transport minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said that a part found recently by an American in Mozambique is already in Malaysia for safekeeping.

A Malaysian team is expected to return this week from South Africa with another part found by a family holidaying in Mozambique. The family took the piece with them when they returned home.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Lotter told South Africa's East Coast radio he found the piece of debris on a beach in Mozambique while on holiday in December and his family took it back to  South Africa.

However, it was only after a suspected part of MH370 was found in Mozambique last week that his family finally made the connection with his find.

Liow said both pieces will be sent to Australia to be examined by an international investigation team.

The plane vanished on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

"We want to be transparent and accountable in our investigation as much as possible ... that is why we want (the parts) to be verified in Australia," Liow said.

A Malaysian team will be sent to Mozambique to comb its beaches for more possible debris.

Liow has urged the public to avoid too much speculation until the teams have verified the origin of the parts.

"At this juncture, it has not been confirmed whether any of the recovered debris came from MH370," he said.

If the aircraft pieces are shown to have come from the disappeared plane, the locations where they were found would be consistent with ocean drift models produced by Australia. Those models were used to determine the search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

The search is expected to end by June. A wing part found in Reunion last July is the only part so far confirmed to have come from Flight MH370.

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