Australia: No evidence MH370 ‘debris’ exposed to fire

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SYDNEY: Possible debris from missing passenger jet MH370 handed over by a US amateur investigator was not “exposed to heat or fire,” Australian authorities said on Thursday, following speculation it was blackened by flames. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which is coordinating the search for the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 passengers and crew, added that it was not yet able to link the pieces to MH370. American Blaine Gibson brought the two recently recovered items from Madagascar to Australia to be forensically investigated by the ATSB on September 12 and told local media then that one piece appeared to show “some signs of melting… as you see when something is exposed to fire.” But Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said after an initial examination of the fiberglass-honeycomb composite debris that “what is known is that contrary to speculation there is no evidence the item was exposed to heat or fire.”

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