Almost a year since the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight vanished mid-air during flight to China, wreckage found of the coast of Africa Officials revealed might be that of the missing plane.
The debris, discovered near to the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, is that of a Boeing 777, investigators confirmed.
Officials at Boeing have assessed photographs of the wreckage and agreed it is consistent with a 777 flaperon, part of the plane’s wing, CNN reported citing sources close the investigation.
CNN added that there is a “unique element’ to the Boeing 777 flaperon which is apparent in the photographs, although they did not elaborate on what the detail is.
It would be recalled tha The plane was flying from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing, China, when it is thought to have come down in the Indian Ocean on March 8 last year.
Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion
However Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss of Australia, whose country has led the search for the jet, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, said that the discovery of an airplane part thousands of miles from the search area was “a very significant development” but cautioned against concluding that it was from the missing aircraft.
“It is too early to make that judgment,” Mr. Truss said at a news conference in Sydney. “But clearly we are treating this as a major lead and seeking to get assurance about what has been found and whether it is indeed linked to the disappearance of MH 370.”
American investigators have concluded, based on photographs and videos, that the object discovered on Wednesday on Réunion, a remote French island off the coast of Madagascar, came from a Boeing 777, making it likely that it came from Flight 370. No other Boeing 777 is known to be missing, investigators said.
There were 239 passengers and crew – most of whom were from China – on board when it disappeared.
MH370 vanished from radar screens shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.