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Debris in Mauritius to be examined by MH370 investigators

FILE - This Feb. 28, 2016 photo provided by Blaine Gibson and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) shows a piece of aircraft debris with the words "NO STEP" found washed up on a beach in Mozambique. On Sunday, April 3, 2016, Australian officials said a piece of debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius will be examined by investigators to see if it came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The discovery comes less than two weeks after officials confirmed that two pieces of debris found along the coast of Mozambique were almost certainly from the aircraft that vanished on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Blaine Gibson/ATSB via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

FILE - This Feb. 28, 2016 photo provided by Blaine Gibson and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) shows a piece of aircraft debris with the words "NO STEP" found washed up on a beach in Mozambique. On Sunday, April 3, 2016, Australian officials said a piece of debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius will be examined by investigators to see if it came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The discovery comes less than two weeks after officials confirmed that two pieces of debris found along the coast of Mozambique were almost certainly from the aircraft that vanished on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Blaine Gibson/ATSB via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Australian officials say a piece of debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius will be examined by investigators to see if it came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The discovery comes less than two weeks after officials confirmed that two pieces of debris found along the coast of Mozambique were almost certainly from the aircraft that vanished in 2014.

Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said on Sunday that Malaysian officials were working with their counterparts in Mauritius to take custody of the debris and arrange for its examination. Chester did not describe the debris except to say it was "an item of interest."

Australia is leading the search for the missing Boeing 777 in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean far off the country's west coast.