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Malaysia Confirms Plane Debris Is From Flight MH370
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Malaysia Confirms Plane Debris Is From Flight MH370

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 01:57 PM

 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed that a jet part found on an island near Africa came from Malaysia Airlines’ Flight 370, the first physical link to the jetliner that vanished almost 17 months ago.

Investigators have “conclusively” linked the piece to the missing aircraft, Najib said early Thursday at a briefing in Kuala Lumpur, the departure point for the plane carrying 239 people en route to Beijing.

Tying the debris to the doomed Boeing Co. 777 validates authorities’ hypothesis that the plane crashed in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean southwest of Australia. But the discovery of the piece thousands of kilometers away on France’s Reunion island doesn’t pinpoint where the aircraft took its fatal plunge in March 2014 -- and why it strayed so far from its intended route.

“This is indeed a major breakthrough for us in resolving the disappearance of MH370,” Malaysia Airlines said in a statement. “We expect and hope that there would be more objects to be found which would be able to help resolve this mystery.”

The part found on Reunion is a flaperon, a movable panel on the rear of the wing that can be moved to expand the wing’s size during takeoff and landing. It was sent from Reunion, a French territory, to a government laboratory in Toulouse for examination, along with a suitcase found nearby.

‘Heavy Heart’

In the absence of any wreckage, other theories had proliferated: Perhaps the jet landed in central Asia, or perhaps it didn’t really double back across the Malaysian peninsula as radar tracks indicated. The discovery in the Indian Ocean settles that question.

“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion island is indeed from MH370,” Najib said at the briefing.

French authorities are holding their own press conference to discuss the analysis of the part. The lab conducting the examination is the same one that assessed debris from an Air France jet that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009.

 

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed Wednesday that a Boeing 777 wing segment discovered in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is from the missing Flight MH370, the first real breakthrough in the search for the plane that disappeared 17 months ago. The...
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