MH370 twist as debris washes up on beach sparking hope of finding missing plane

Newly discovered debris has sparked fresh hopes of finding missing plane MH370.

Wreckage believed to have come off a commercial aircraft was found a remote beach in Australia's far north.

Mystery surrounds the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane which vanished from radar screens carrying 239 people en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March, 2014.

Avionics technician Mick Elcoate was fishing when he spotted the wing-like structure washed ashore on Monday.

He shared photos of the debris which was covered in sand and shells about five miles north of Cape Tribulation in Far North Queensland.

Mr Elcoate told Daily Mail Australia: "My initial thoughts were that it was either part of a yacht's rudder, or possibly a trim tab from an aircraft."

He decided to share the photos with the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Facebook group "to see if anyone could ID it", and: "That's when several people started contacting me."

He got in touch with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and shared pictures of his find with the federal agency on Tuesday.

Experts have however said the remains unearthed were unlikely to belong to the missing Boeing 777.

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Australia shared Mr Elcoate's pictures to their Facebook page on Tuesday.

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They wrote: "Has another piece of the MH370 puzzle washed ashore?

"Reported today on Facebook, a mysterious component that appears similar to either a B737 or B777 trim tab has washed ashore north of Cape Tribulation.

"The item was not recovered from the beach, by those who discovered it."

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Aviation researcher Mick Gilbert told The Australian he did not think the discovery was from the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight.

He said: "The part shows nowhere near enough weathering, has relatively sparse barnacle growth and is almost certainly the wrong colour.

"If it is indeed an aircraft component it is more likely to be a piece of Air Niugini flight 73 that landed short of the runway at Chuuk International airport back in September 2018."

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MH370 disappeared from radar screens around 40 minutes into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board on March 8, 2014.

All attempts to find the missing Boeing 777 failed.

Malaysia formally declared MH370 an accident and says all 239 people on board are presumed dead on Jan 29, 2015.

The first piece of the plane to be recovered was discovered east of Madagascar in July that year. 27 pieces have since been found but a second search was called off May 2018.

Investigators released what was flagged as the final report into the aviation mystery, but say the search may resume and it cannot be the final report until wreckage is found in July 30, 2018.

They said they did not believe the pilot was behind the change in direction and "unlawful interference by a third party" could not be ruled out.

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