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Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP):

Malaysian officials said yesterday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris.

A new piece of debris, meanwhile, found yesterday on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean turned out to be a "domestic ladder", and doesn't belong to a plane, Malaysian Director General of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told The Associated Press amid media reports that a new plane part was found.

Malaysian government officials will ask territories near Reunion to alert them if they find any debris that could be from a plane, a transport ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was found Wednesday on Reunion.

Malaysia's transport ministry confirmed yesterday that the flaperon that was found has been identified as being from a 777, saying it had been verified by French authorities together with Boeing, the US National Transportation Safety Board and a Malaysian team.

Experts will try to establish whether the part comes from Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.