Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished without a trace a year ago, but the first found piece of debris is rekindling interest in the search.
A Malaysia Airlines branded paper towel, still in packaging, washed up on an Australian shore. A couple walking the beach in Western Australia came across the discovery and immediately contacted the appropriate authorities. The washcloth has been sent for testing. Although this is the first piece of debris that could possibly be related to the missing Malaysia flight, investigators say it will not play a significant role in the search.
While the story is only now being reported and made public, the couple found the cloth back in July 2014, just months after the initial disappearance.
An Australian Travel Safety Bureau spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald: “A 6cm x 8cm moist towelette in wrapping branded with the Malaysia Airlines logo was found at Thirsty Point on 2 July 2014. It was handed in to the WA police.
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The investigation continues, but there is still no clue or lead on what happened to the plane that vanished with 239 people on board.