Malaysia Says Metal on Thai Beach Not Flight 370

In this May 27, 2015 photo, staff loads luggage to a Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Photo: Vincent Thian / Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR —Malaysia has confirmed that the piece of metal found washed up on a Thai beach is not from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.

The confirmation Tuesday came after a Japanese rocket maker said yesterday that the piece is likely part of a rocket launched by Japan.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement that Malaysian and Thai experts examined the debris and ascertained that the numbers engraved on the body, the wire bundle and the bolts do not match those of a Boeing 777.


Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014 for Beijing. But it soon lost communications and made a sharp turn away from its destination before disappearing. It is presumed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, far away from Thailand.


Story: Associated Press