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Published on : Thursday, July 30, 2015
Debris found in the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion is suspected to be the remains of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. A team from Malaysia is sent to determine the authenticity of the news.
The ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board vanished mysteriously in March 2014. There was a prolonged search operation executed by multi-national defence facilities but the missing Boeing 777 was not found.
Aviation experts suspect that the debris to be a wing component from a 777, known as a flaperon. Malaysia Airlines said it would be “premature” to speculate on its origin.
The debris is made of metal and is two metres by two metres, and as soon as it was discovered, the local workers of the beach called the police and the air transport officials were alerted.
The whole situation around this mysterious object developed quickly after that. The debris was taken out of the water and was brought to the local airport in Sainte-Marie to a secure location and a piece of it has been sent to France for further analysis and to confirm if it is aeroplane debris – although there is little doubt of that, but of course to check if it is indeed from flight MH370.
Officials from Australia, Malaysia and China on April 16, 2015 declared that the search area would be doubled if nothing is found in the current search zone. However, the debris found in the Reunion island comes as no surprise. The debris might have flown this long way all these 16 months and might have reached the island. However final confirmation is yet to come.