Suspected aircraft debris has been located in Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, during an operation Monday to track turtles and birds in the northern island of Farquhar atoll, officials said.

The state news agency said in a statement that the largest piece of debris is about 120 cm long and 30 cm wide and “appears to be aluminum and carbon fibre” – the same materials used to build the Boeing 777.

The agency, who did not confirm how many pieces were found, said that the piece of debris could be part of an engine cover but MH370Latest could not independently verify this.

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority [SCAA] also released a statement confirming that investigators have been dispatched to the area to retrieve and investigate the debris, but they also did not confirm how many pieces were found. The debris will be moved to Seychelles’ main island Mahé for investigation once retrieved.

“Once the debris has been retrieved and confirmed to have been part of an aircraft, SCAA will in this particular case be contacting the Australian Transport Safety Bureau,” the statement read.

The authority has been in touch with Australian and Malaysian officials who “have shown an interest” in the discovery. The SCAA is also coordinating a team comprised of investigators and employees from the Island Development Company that will search Farquhar island to look for more debris that might have washed ashore.

The debris was discovered more than 700 kilometres southwest of Mahé and more than 1,000 kilometres away from Reunion Island, where confirmed MH370 debris was discovered in 2015.

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, during a routine flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing with 239 people on board. There have been over 20 pieces of debris discovered since 2014 and some have been directly linked to MH370.

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