African coastline to be searched for MH370 debris

A third piece of debris - yet to be identified as coming from flight MH370 - has washed up in Mossel Bay.

Pretoria-based archaeologist Neels Kruger came across possible MH370 debris near a lagoon in Mossel Bay on 21 March 2016. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Australian aviation authorities are hoping the plane debris found in Mossel Bay could assist in the investigation into the deadly Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The piece of wreckage found on the Southern Cape coast this week carries an imprint of a Rolls Royce logo from an aircraft engine.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) sent it to Australia for analysis.

The Malaysian government has called for an extensive search of Africa's coastline after a third piece of debris - yet to be identified as coming from the flight MH370 - washed up in Mossel Bay on Monday.

In a statement, Australian transport minister Darren Chester confirms two pieces of debris were "almost certainly from MH370".

Pretoria-based archaeologist, Neels Kruger, who made the latest discovery, says the grey stripes and Rolls Royce imprint identify the fragment as part of a commercial liner engine.

Investigators are now hoping the latest fragment will provide fresh clues into what led to the plane's disappearance over two years ago.

The Malaysian Airlines plane vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board.

Earlier this month Australian authorities confirmed that debris found on a beach in Mozambique was consistent with MH370 modelling.

A South African family was in Mozambique on holiday when they came across the item and brought it back to South Africa and handed it over to the SACAA.