Could towelette on Australian beach be new clue in MH370 disappearance?

Towelette found in Malaysia Airlines packaging in July last year

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A towelette in Malaysia Airlines packaging found on a beach in Australia, is being examined in relation to the missing MH370 flight.

MH370 was travelling between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing when it went disappeared on 8th March last year.

The towelette washed up on Cervantes beach in Western Australia in July 2014 and was discovered by locals Kingsley and Vicki Miller.

The couple said when they found the packet it was 'unopened, which was very unusual', the Daily Mail reported.

Experts have played down claims that this may prove the plane went down off the coast of Australia, saying, in the circumstances, it is unlikely that the package could be directly attributed to the missing plane.

According to the Telegraph, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released a statement after the towelette was discovered, saying: "A 6cm x 8cm moist towelette in wrapping branded with the Malaysia Airlines logo was found at Thirsty Point on 2 July 2014. It was handed in to the Western Australian police."

They added: "It is unlikely; however, that such a common item with no unique identifier could be conclusively linked with MH370."

An interim investigation, released on Sunday, revealed an expired battery in the plane's underwater locator beacon, the Daily Mail reports.

The plane disappeared from air traffic control radars after flying for 6 hours from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

There were 239 passengers on board the flight and no trace of the Boeing 777 has been found.

The Malaysian Government have since declared the incident an 'accident', the Daily Telegraph reported.

Australian and Malaysian teams are continuing to search an area 1,000 miles off the coast of Perth, and Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, said on Sunday: "The families deserve answers and we are doing all we can to get them", reported the Telegraph.

Malaysian Airlines suffered another loss last year when the MH17 flight travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down near Donetsk in the Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

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