Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 last in 2014, inexplicably veering off course en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, most of them China nationals.
Charitha Pattiaratchi, an oceanographer used computer modeling last year to predict that debris from Flight 370 might end up somewhere near Reunion, or nearby Madagascar, about now.
A wing part was found on the island in late July and confirmed by the Malaysian prime minister to be part of the Boeing 777 which went missing on March 8, 2014 with 239 people onboard.
“Any discovery will be immediately made available to the investigation,” said the joint statement by the French ministers of defence, transport and overseas territories yesterday.
Families grieving for 16 months may need more answers for closure.
Malaysian PM Najib Razak delivered that confirmation Thursday saying the part is from a 777 and acknowledging that Flight 370 is the only 777 missing.
The metal piece washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and was sent to France where investigators from Malaysia, France and the U.S. will determine whether it’s from the missing Boeing 777.
Malaysian government officials will ask territories near Reunion to alert them if they find any debris that could be from a plane.
Malaysian officials have confirmed it is part of a Boeing 777, making it virtually certain to be part of the missing plane as MH370 is the only Boeing 777 to be lost at sea.
Reunion, roughly half the size of Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali, attracts a fraction of the millions of tourists who flock to other Indian Ocean islands, like Mauritius and the Maldives.
The family was torn apart after the tragedy 16 months ago.
Malaysian Director General of Civil Aviation said that a piece of debris found on the beach had nothing to do with the investigation involving the missing MH370 flight.
Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris.
Investigators probing missing flight MH370 collected more metallic debris on an Indian Ocean island today as Malaysia urged authorities in the region to be on alert for wreckage washing up on their shores.
The plane wreckage found on Reunion Island is to be sent to a laboratory in France for forensic examination to determine whether it is from MH370.