Investigators hopeful of unlocking flight MH370 mystery after discovering plane debris
Investigators are hopeful of unlocking one of the most baffling mysteries of the 21st century- Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 with the plane debris they believe is part of the ill fated airline. The debris was found on the coast of French controlled island of Réunion. Réunion is roughly 3,700 km (2,300 miles) from the broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia where search efforts have been focused. A Malaysian official and aviation expert has said the piece of debris, a 2-2.5 meters (6.5-8 feet) long wing surface known as flaperon, is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, the same type of aircraft as Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared without a trace 16 months ago with 239 passengers and crew on board. The wing component found on the French island of La Reunion bears the part number “657 BB”, according to photos of the debris.
The part has been moved to the local airport on Reunion, located off Africa’s east coast, and will next head to Toulouse, the hub of Europe’s aerospace industry. It will be analyzed in special defense facilities used for airplane testing and analysis, according to the Defense Ministry.
Officials, keenly aware that families of those on board Flight 370 are desperately awaiting word on the fate of their loved ones, hope to have at least some answers within a day or two. Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, is the only missing 777.