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French authorities confirm Boeing plane part

Malaysia confirms debris 'is part of Boeing 777'

KUALA LUMPUR, August 2, 2015

Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which vanished early last year.

"We know the flaperon has been officially identified as being part of a Boeing 777 aircraft," Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement.

"This has been verified by French authorities together with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Malaysian team comprising the Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia Airlines, and Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370."

The ill-fated night remains one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, claiming the lives of all 239 passengers and crew members on-board when the MH370 flight vanished without a trace in March last year while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Investigators believe someone deliberately switched off plane's transponder before diverting it thousands of miles off course.

Search efforts led by Australia have focused on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia, roughly 3,700 km from France's Reunion Island.

Oceanographers said vast, rotating currents sweeping the southern Indian Ocean could have deposited wreckage from MH370 thousands of kilometres from where the plane is thought to have crashed.

Robin Robertson, an oceanographer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said the timing and location of the debris made it "very plausible" that it came from MH370, given what was known about Indian Ocean currents. - Reuters




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