Plane debris found on French island confirmed to be from MH370
INVESTIGATORS have confirmed that debris found on La Reunion Island belongs to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and that the flight, which mysteriously disappeared 17 months ago, had indeed crashed.
The confirmation comes jointly by the French authorities, Bureau d’ Enquetes et d‘ Analyses pour la Securites de I’AviationCivile (BEA), the Malaysian investigation team, technical representatives from China, and the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) in Toulouse, France.
“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on La Reunion was from MH370,” said Malaysian prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, according to an AFP report.
Wing found washed up on Indian Ocean island is from Malaysian airlines flight MH370 that went missing 515 days ago
Najib Razak has said that 515 days after the jet vanished, he is finally able to confirm that the aircraft crashed into the sea.
The wing fragment was found last week on the island in the Indian Ocean and it was suspected to be from the Malaysia Airlines plane, that went missing in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Experts in France had been examining the debris, which was found on a beach and it is now the first sign of the aircraft since it went off radar.
France begins hunt for more MH370 debris
A French military transport plane has taken off from La Reunion to search for debris off the coast
France launched a hunt for more wreckage from Malaysian Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 off Reunion island on Friday in a fresh effort to shed light on one of aviation’s biggest mysteries.
The tiny French Indian Ocean territory has been under intense scrutiny since a beach cleaner found a washed-up wing part last week, which Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak later declared was part of the Boeing 777 that mysteriously vanished 17 months ago.
The flaperon is currently being examined by experts in southern France for possible clues as to why the Malaysia Airlines aircraft inexplicably veered off course en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and there are hopes that Reunion may yield more washed-up debris.
MH370: Then I saw the 'weird thing' on shore, says debris finder
Johnny Begue, member of a local shore cleaning association with the remains of a suitcase, found at the same site where he and his fellow members found a piece of missing plane MH370. PHOTO: AFP
France: Johnny Begue had no idea as he wandered along the shore looking for a pebble to grind up chillies that he would stumble across a piece of plane wreckage which would draw the eyes of the world to his tiny island home.
Begue leads a team of eight people charged with cleaning up the coastline and a popular fitness trail in the town of Saint-Andre on the east of the French island of La Reunion.
During an early morning break on Wednesday he wandered off to find a pebble which he planned to use as a pestle to grind up chillies - a key feature of the melting-pot cuisine on the Indian Ocean island whose white, palm-fringed beaches are a favourite among tourists.
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