After analysis of the aircraft debris which has been discovered on the shores of Reunion Island in July, French officials have now confirmed that it indeed originates from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared without a trace in March of 2014. This part is the only item ever to be found to date which can be tied to the fate of the missing jetliner and it’s 239 passengers and crew.
After the discovery of the item, much new speculation arose around the possible scenario of flight MH370 whose position where the disappearance occurred can’t even be remotely narrowed down. I have written an article short after the part was found roughly five weeks ago (access here).
BBC reported today about the analysis result and official announcement (find the article here):
French prosecutors have said they believe “with certainty” that a wing part found on Reunion Island in July came from missing flight MH370.
The wing section, known as a flaperon, had been examined in France by international aviation experts.
French authorities launched searches on and around Reunion for more debris but none was found.
The Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people veered off its course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.
The Malaysian government had previously said it believed that the flaperon belonged to MH370.
French investigators had until now been more cautious on the provenance of the debris.
But on Thursday they said a technician from Airbus Defense and Space (ADS-SAU) in Spain, which had made the part for Boeing, had formally identified one of three numbers found on the flaperon as being the same as the serial number on MH370.
The article also includes a graphic model to get an impression of where this flaperon belongs on the aircraft.
The families of those aboard – who were mostly Chinese – have been angered by the apparent discrepancies in statements by French and Malaysian officials, and have accused the authorities of hiding the truth.
By now it should be very clear that there is not much of a response (if any) to be expected from outlets affiliated with both Malaysia Airlines or the Malaysian Government, so I’m really not sure what the point is of going back there repeatedly. At least the current news are coming from french investigators.
A bunch of smaller items washed ashore in Reunion are being investigated as well if they can be tied to the missing jetliner but so far only the flaperon could be identified.