More debris found on Reunion Island in hunt of MH370

Malaysian foreign minister says search team found plane parts in Reunion Island, hoping to reveal mystery of missing MH370 flight

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Malaysian governmet announced on Thursday that seat cushions and plane windows have been found on Reunion Island where debris confirmed belonging to the MH370 found earlier this week. 

Officials said that what went wrong during flight MH370 is still a mystery however, the very first piece of evidence found from the aircraft indicates it crashed into the ocean. 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed on early Thursday that the Boeing 777 wing fragment debris that were discovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean at the end of last month belongs to the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 plane.  

"The international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370," Najib said in a televised statement.

"I would like to assure all those affected by this tragedy that the government of Malaysia is committed to do everything within our means to find out the truth of what happened," Razak said.

"MH370's disappearance marked us as a nation. We mourn with you, as a nation."

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 to have been found, until this week.

Since last March, international efforts have been taking place, focusing on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia.

“We want to continue to use this piece of evidence to better inform out search efforts, but what it does tell us is that it is consistent with the search area that we are currently focussed upon and so that is good news that we have at least narrowed it down to that part of the ocean where we hope the plane will be found,” said Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Thursday.

TRTWorld and agencies