According to AFP, the digits spotted on the debris of a plane found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean are confirmed to be from a Boeing 777, Malaysian officials have announced. This could potentially be the closest step taken so far to finding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
The object found on Wednesday was identified by aviation experts to be part of a wing and will be sent to a French military laboratory near Toulouse for further inspection, French police sources stated.
If the debris is identified as part of the MH370 plane, experts will try to retrace its drift back to where the bulk of the plane likely sank on impact. However, they have warned that the object is unlikely to offer exact information about the aircraft's final resting place.
"I presume that if this wreckage does turn out to be from a Boeing 777 that the analysts will do their best ... to try to work out exactly where it came from," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Australian radio.
"I don't know how accurate that will be but I dare say it will give us some more evidence and it might enable us to further refine the search area, it might," Abbott added.
National carrier Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777, carrying 239 passengers and crew members which disappeared in March 8, 2014 after the plane took off from Kuala Lumpur International airport while headed to Beijing.