The discovery of a Boeing 777 wing fragment on the Indian Ocean island La Reunion, has breathed new life into the investigation for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told a press conference that the wreckage found is “confirmed to be the flaperon from a Boeing triple seven” but he added that it’s not clear whether it is from flight MH370 saying “I want to emphasise that is yet to be verified.” Meanwhile, authorities on La Reunion said that new debris found on Sunday did not belong to the aircraft.
French and Malaysian aviation experts are expected to meet in Paris later on Monday to coordinate their work.
The flaperon is being analysed at a military laboratory in Toulouse which specialises in plane crash investigations and their conclusions are expected on Wednesday.
Clues from the ocean
Barnacles found encrusted on the fragment could provide valuable clues in the hunt for the flight which went missing last year with 239 people on board. Australian ecologists say it could narrow the search area to within tens or hundreds of kilometres.
Scientists would analyse the barnacle shells to determine the temperature and chemical composition of the water through which they passed to help reveal their origin.
As locals comb the beaches where the flaperon was found, new debris has been found. However, authorities said that the pieces were not part of the missing aircraft.