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Australia has said the plane debris found near Mozambique coast earlier this month is highly likely to be part of the wrecked Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which went missing mysteriously two years ago.

"The analysis has concluded the debris is almost certainly from MH370," Australia's minister for infrastructure and transport, Darren Chester, said.

"That such debris has been found on the east coast of Africa is consistent with drift modelling ... and further affirms our search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean," the minister added.

Aviation experts and investigators from Malaysia, Australia and the US had examined the object that washed up on a sandbank off the coast of the African nation.

Preliminary checks had suggested the debris was a plane's horizontal stabiliser, triggering speculation that it was from the missing Malaysian airlines plane MH370.

The plane had disappeared with 239 passengers and crew while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The latest discovery came days before the second anniversary of the plane's mysterious missing on March 8, 2014.

In July, a flaperon was discovered on the French island of Réunion and it was later confirmed the debris was part of the missing plane.

In January last year, Malaysia declared Flight MH370 was lost in an accident and that all on board were presumed dead.

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