Malaysia’s prime minister announced that a plane wing section that washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean was “conclusively confirmed” to be from Flight 370.
“Malaysian and French officials may be in a position to make a formal statement about the origin of the flaperon later this week,” said Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.
French aviation experts will try to establish whether the wreckage that was found on the Indian Ocean island Reunion was part of the Boeing 777 which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.
The suitcase was found on Thursday not far from plane wreckage which fuelled speculation it may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, which vanished last year with 239 people on board.
“From the part number, it is confirmed that it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. This information is from MAS (Malaysia Airlines). They have informed me,” Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.
Judge Norsharidah Awang sentenced 34-year-old mechanic Basheer Ahmad following his conviction last Wednesday.
The debris field appeared to be man-made, but wasn’t typical of an aircraft. Still, crews sent down a camera to be sure.
“We are confident we have the best search equipment … if the plane is in the area we will find it.,” said Warren Truss.
“I do reassure the families of our hope and expectation that the ongoing search will succeed,” Abbott told parliament.
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