MH370 latest : Photos of 'possible' victim belongings from missing Malaysia Airlines plane released

Personal items include a wash bag, prayer hat and rucksack

Jess Staufenberg
Monday 20 June 2016 10:38 BST
An Angry Birds bag recovered
An Angry Birds bag recovered (Aircrash Support Group Australia)

Photographs of personal items which may have belonged to passengers of the missing MH370 flight have been released, after objects washed up on a beach in Madagascar.

Images of hats, bags, laptop cases and shoes were posted online in an effort to determine whether they belonged to those on board the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared two years ago.

Blaine Gibson, a lawyer who is funding a search for the plane, warned the items may not be linked to the missing Boeing 777 but has asked relatives of people lost on the flight to come forward if they recognise them.

The flight disappeared on with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.

Until now, about three-quarters of the 46,000-square-mile search zone for the Malayasia Airlines Flight has been scoured without success by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

The new photographs from Riake Beach in Madagascar show a camera case, shoulder bags, laptop case, shoes, prayer hat, wash bag, phone case and rucksack.

Although they are not yet known to belong to the MH370 flight, the items have washed up in Madagascar close to where Mr Gibson has found other debris.

Several false alarms have occurred during the course of the investigation, including a sonar search which turned up a 19th century shipwreck.

An object which appeared to be a tail wing, on which was written "NO STEP", also washed up in Mozambique in March this year, following a piece of debris from the flight turning up on Reunion Island in July 2015.

Lawyer and adventurer Blaine Gibson on a beach in Madagascar
Lawyer and adventurer Blaine Gibson on a beach in Madagascar (Blaine Alan Gibson)

The families of the missing passengers have accused the Malaysian government of failing to do enough to uncover the truth about the plane's disappearance.

"We believe our loved ones may still be alive and are being held at an undisclosed location for unknown reasons," a statement previously issued by the group has said.

The search for the wreckage is set to be continued by officials until August, with no plans to continue the hunt thereafter.

Malaysia Airlines also lost the MH17 plane after it was hit by a Russian-made missile over eastern Ukraine, killing its passengers, with the investigation into the Russian government's alleged involvement in the attack ongoing.

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