New debris found in Maldives; experts to study link to MH370

Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai speaks during a short press conference on an update for Malaysia Airlines ill-fated flights MH370 and MH17, in Shah Alam, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on August 12, 2015.

KUALA LUMPUR - Two pieces of new debris have been found in the Maldives and experts will determine if they are linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said one was a "honeycomb material" while the other had a flat surface.

"It is very small, about the size of your hand," he said when asked to explain on the new finding on Sunday.

"The first thing we have to do is to determine if it is actually of plane material," Liow said adding that the discovery was made two days ago.

"Our team here will confirm if they belong to a plane and if a confirmation is made, the pieces will be sent to the international investigation team to determine if they are from MH370," he said.

Liow added that the verification by the Malaysian team should not take long.

Flight MH370, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members, left KL International Airport on March 8, and disappeared from radar about an hour later. It was to have arrived in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day.

The Boeing 777 aircraft has yet to be found even after an exhaustive search in the southern Indian Ocean where it is believed to have gone down after veering off course.