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Debris is from 'same type of plane as MH370', official says

A crew member from the Royal Malaysian Air Force looks through a window during the search for MH370. Credit: Reuters

Air accident investigators think suspected plane debris which has washed up off the east coast of Africa is from the same type of aircraft as missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

A US official said that investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777 - the same model as the doomed Malaysian airlines flight that vanished last year.

No trace has been found of the Malaysia Airlines jet, which disappeared in March last year carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing, and is now one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.

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