First step in solving mystery: plane debris confirmed as MH370

DAYS turned to weeks, weeks turned to months and it was beginning to look like it would be years before the mystery of MH370 would be solved.

But, at long last, there is confirmation: debris found washed up on Reunion Island is from the Malaysia Airline plane that disappeared on March 8 2014.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has made a televised statement, French experts have been able to confirm the flaperon is part of the missing Boeing 777.


“It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris … is indeed MH370,” Prime Minister Najib Razak says.

“We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

“The burden and uncertainty faced by the families during this time has been unspeakable. It is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people onboard MH370. They have our deepest sympathy and prayers.”

Six Australians were on board when the Boeing 777 jetliner vanished while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Experts believed it diverted from the flight path and crashed in the Indian Ocean, but can only speculate on why the pilot was flying so far off course.