Malaysia: The aircraft part that washed up in Reunion Island was from a Boeing 777

The evidence is mounting that an aircraft part which washed up on a tiny island near Madagascar will prove a critical clue to solving mystery of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared without trace in March 2014.

Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai issued a statement this evening saying that the part, known as a “flaperon” had been “officially identified as being part of a Boeing 777 aircraft,” according to Reuters.

“This has been verified by French authorities together with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Malaysian team comprising the Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia Airlines, and Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370.”

Since the discovery of the part at Reunion Island, east of Madagascar, luggage has also washed up on Reunion Island as well as some other metallic parts.

An oceanographic model developed a year ago showed that Reunion Island would be right in the path of where currents were likely to carry any debris from an aircraft that went down in the so-called “Southern Corridor”, the area where investigators believe the plane went down after it disappeared on March 8 last year with 239 passengers and crew aboard.

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