Debris from flight MH370 found on Reunion shore

Debris found on Reunion shore in Indian Ocean formally identified as part of wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

French officials have confirmed that the section of wing found in July did come from Flight MH370

A French prosecutor has said French aviation experts finally ended their investigation that plane debris found on Reunion Island in July is from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 that went missing last year.

The office said, "Consequently, it is possible today to affirm with certainty that the flaperon discovered at the Reunion Island on July 29, 2015 is that of MH370."

French aviation experts had denied to give a certain identification before concluding the research when the Malaysian government had last month said it believed that the wing belonged to MH370.

After the debris was found on Reunion Island, a small French island in the southern Indian Ocean, France started an investigation because the discovery of the flaperon on French territory mandated the country to conduct an investigation according to the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

With 239 people on board, MH370 disappeared off the radar on March 8, 2014 during a flight from Malaysia to China and no distress signals were sent out from the plane whose last direction was also unknown.

Searches for the plane proved fruitless for a long time and most searches were called off until the debris was found washed ashore 3,500 km from the likely site of the crash.

TRTWorld and agencies