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Malaysia Confirms Plane Debris Is From Missing Flight MH370

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 6:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Dotun Akano –  With Agency Reports


Malaysian Prime Minister on Wednesday confirmed that an airplane wing fragment discovered last week on an island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished over a year ago with 239 people aboard.

The Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight departed at 12:41 am on March 8,  2014, vanishing from the Malaysian civilian radar, barely an hour later at 1:30 am, just before passing to Vietnamese air traffic control. It appeared on military radar until 2:15 am.

Addressing newsmen, Prime Minister Najib Razak said: “An international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris …is indeed MH370.”

Minutes later, authorities in France, where the part is being examined, said investigators’ preliminary findings were that there was a “very strong indication” the part was from the missing plane.

“There exists a very high probability that the flaperon (the wing) indeed belongs to Flight MH370,” said deputy Paris prosecutor Serge Mackowiak.

Investigators were able to confirm that the flaperon came from a Boeing 777 due to its “technical characteristics.”

Furthermore, “technical documentation” provided by Malaysia Airlines representatives allowed investigators to “establish a link between the item examined by the experts and the flaperon from the MH370 Boeing 777 in terms of their common technical characteristics,” said Mackowiak.

Malaysia airlines, in statement on Wednesday, conveyed its deepest sympathy to the loved ones of those aboard the ill-fated flight.

The Company conveyed our deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MH370 on the news that the flaperon found on Reunion Island on 29 July was indeed from Flight MH370.

“This has been confirmed jointly today by the French Authorities, Bureau d’ Enquetes et d‘ Analyses pour la Securites de I’AviationCivile (BEA), the Malaysian Investigation Team, Technical Representative from PRC and Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) in Toulouse, France and subsequently announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“Family members of passengers and crew have already been informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected.

“This is indeed a major breakthrough for us in resolving the disappearance of MH370. We expect and hope that there would be more objects to be found which would be able to help resolve this mystery,” the statement added.

Intact and encrusted with barnacles, the metal piece washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and was sent to France for analysis.


The missing Boeing 777 disappeared after veering far off its set northerly course from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing.

Malaysian military radar last confirmed the plane over the Strait of Malacca. Highly technical efforts to determine the jet’s final hours before it would have run out of fuel gave force to the theory that it went down somewhere in the Southern Indian Ocean.

No one is yet certain why the plane deviated so far from its planned route.

A six-week air and sea search covering 1.8 million square miles of the southern Indian Ocean surface early last year failed to find any trace of the jet. The Reunion Island debris would be consistent with the working theory that the jet went down in the Indian Ocean.

Find The Bodies

Meanwhile, some relatives of those who died aboard MH370 said the confirmation that the plane had crashed was not enough to lay the matter to rest, as they reiterated demands for answers on what caused its disappearance.

“Now I want to know where the main body of the plane is so that we can take out the passengers and get the black box so we can know what happened. Only that, for us, will be full closure,” said Jacquita Gonzales, wife of MH370 chief steward, Patrick Gomes.

The confirmation however ends an agonising wait for families of the 239 passengers and crew who have endured 17 months with no proof that their loved ones were dead or alive.

But some continue to harbour deep anger and suspicion toward Malaysia’s government.

“I’m still not satisfied. There are still so many questions left unanswered, so many holes in the puzzle,” said Lee Khim Fatt, whose wife, Foong Wai Yueng, was a flight attendant.

“Until today we have no answers. Don’t just show me a flaperon. Show me more. Answer the questions,” he said.