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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Possible MH370 Debris Washes Ashore

Juliet Van Wagenen

Investigators remove debris that may belong to the missing MH 370
Investigators remove debris that may belong to the missing MH 370. Photo: blog-peuravion.fr

[Avionics Today 07-30-2015] Possible wreckage from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have washed ashore on the island of Reunion, a French territory in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Madagascar. The aircraft carrying 239 people disappeared on its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bejing in March 2014. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the organization leading the search for the missing aircraft, reported the discovery of a Boeing 777 flaperon — the same make and model as MH370 — which washed ashore in Reunion and may belong to the missing flight.

While Australian Deputy Prime Minister called the find a “major lead” in a press conference regarding the discovery, it has yet to be confirmed that the debris is, in fact, from MH370. Malaysia Airlines released a cautious statement regarding the findings.

“With regards to the reports of the discovery of an aircraft flaperon at Reunion Island, Malaysia Airlines is working with the relevant authorities to confirm the matter. At the moment, it would be too premature for the airline to speculate the origin of the flaperon,” the statement read.

Authorities are currently reviewing the wreckage.

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