Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur: The south African 18 year old boy, Liam Lotter, found the part of a wing from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on December 30 on a beach in southern Mozambique, near the resort town of Xai Xai, his father Casper Lotter said on Friday. In which 239 people on board while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014
The father said he dismissed it as a “piece of rubbish” that was probably debris from a boat, but 18-year-old Liam insisted on bringing it back to South Africa, convinced that it was part of a plane. The curved piece of debris is about 3.3 feet (one meter) long, and about half that length wide, with a five-digit number on it, Casper Lotter said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
Lotter said, “He was adamant he wanted to bring it home because it had a number on it”, adding that his son is not an aviation enthusiast but was simply drawn to the piece of debris. “It just grabbed him for some weird reason,” Lotter said. “We picked it up and I turned it around and it had like a curve to it. You could see where it’d been pop-riveted almost, like there’s holes on the side,” Liam Lotter told East Coast Radio, a South African station.
The teen’s research did not yield much until the family heard about another piece of possible plane debris also found in Mozambique, about 186 miles (300 kilometers) from where Liam Lotter had made his discovery, his father said. Last week, his mother Candace contacted Australian aviation authorities and they said the number on the debris indicates it may belong to a Boeing 777, according to Casper Lotter.