It is highly probable that the piece of debris found off the coast of Reunion Island actually belonged to Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight. An Australian official, Martin Dolan, who heads the search program, said in a statement to the BBC that it is “very likely” to have been part of the aircraft that went missing last March.
The search is still ongoing: the efforts are now concentrated in the south of the Indian Ocean. Meanwhile, the debris which is thought to be part of the wing of the airplane will be taken to Toulouse, France, for examination by experts next week. Aviation authorities in Toulouse own a hangar facility that serves as store for wreckage.
Martin Dolan explained that he was “increasingly confident that the wreckage… is associated with a 777 aircraft”.
According to experts, the wreck resembles a Boeing 777 flaperon, which is a moving part of the surface of the wing. Furthermore, no other documented case of a flaperon going missing was reported, thereby increasing the chances of the theory.
“There is no other recorded case of a flaperon being lost from a Boeing 777,” Mr Dolan said.
“We are confident we have the quality of the search to cover that area and find the missing aircraft,” he added.