MALAYSIAN officials overnight confirmed part of a plane’s wing found washed ashore the Reunion Islands in the Indian Ocean is in fact from a Boeing 777 aircraft – the same model as doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which vanished without a trace 18 months ago.
The large chunk of white debris, which has since been identified as a Boeing 777’s ‘flaperon’, washed up on the west coast of the island at St Andrew on Wednesday morning local time.
Deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told reporters overnight, ““From the part number, it is confirmed that it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. This information is from MAS (Malaysia Airlines). They have informed me.”
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Other smaller items, including a wrecked suitcase, a Chinese water bottle and a Malaysian bottle of cleaning fluid, have also been found washed up on the island.
In what has become one of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, bound for Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board, vanished shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 last year.
A series of ‘pings’ which emanated from the plane after it dropped off radar between Malaysia and Vietnam revealed the aircraft had drastically changed its course which, according to these signals, “ended in the Indian Ocean” far southwest of Perth several hours later.
An Australian-led multi-national air and sea search of the suspected crash zone failed to find any signs of debris.
Investigators say they will know for sure within a week whether or not the wreckage found on Reunion Island is in fact from MH370.
Experts say it is “highly likely” with the ill-fated airliner being the only Boeing 777 to have crashed in that part of the world.