Boeing 777 wing debris arrives in France

Boeing 777 flaperon found in Saint-André, on east coast of Réunion island, arrives in France for further examination

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Debris from the wing of a plane found by workers in Saint-André on Wednesday, thought likely to belong to the Boeing 777 carrying Malaysia Airlines flight MH370  that disappeared in May 2014, has reportedly arrived in France for in depth analysis.

According to Reuters, the flight carrying the debris arrived in France around 04:17 GMT. The evidence will be analysed  in Toulouse in order to provide an answer to the unsolved mystery of what happened to the plane and whether it carried flight MH370.

The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went off the radar last March with 239 passengers and crew on board, with no leads or evidence having been found until now.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said there was no emergency call before the crash, adding even greater mystery to its disappearance.

He believes that the recently discovered debris is “very likely” to belong to the missing flight.

According to the Malaysian government investigators are “moving close to solving the mystery of MH370.”

Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said that the wreckage provides “convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean.”

“We expect in two days we can complete the verification,” he added.

Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian transport safety bureau, said, “we are still working with our French and Malaysian colleagues to analyse all the information so we don’t have certainty yet, but we hope that within the next little while we’ll be able to get to that level of confidence. We’re hoping within the next 24 hours.”

However, Warren Truss, Australia’s deputy prime minister, said that that the flaperon (the part of an aircraft’s wing used for controlling movement) being examined may not provide the answer to the mystery of what happened to MH370.

“After 16 months, the vagaries of the currents, reverse modelling is almost impossible,” Truss told reporters in Sydney. “And so I don’t think it contributes a great deal in as far as our knowledge of where the aircraft is located at the present time.”

The families of the people lost on the plane say that they only care about finding where their families are and not where the plane is.

The recent discovery has brought only renewed grief to Elaine Chew, wife of steward Tan Size Hiang, who told the Straits Times that “It’s starting all over again.”

The team investigating the debris consists of civil aviation experts as well as  Malaysian Airlines and Boeing technicians.

TRTWorld and agencies