It’s official: The debris found on an island off the Indian Ocean is part of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed the news on Aug. 5, just one week after the wreckage was found.
It’s been confirmed that a piece of a wing from a Boeing 777 discovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is, indeed, a part of the Malaysian Airlines flight that went missing on March 8, 2014. The debris was discovered on the shoreline, east of Madagascar, on July 29.
Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, confirmed that the wreckage belonged to MH370 on Aug. 5, 515 days after the flight mysteriously disappeared. Family members of those on-board the flight were notified, and the search efforts in the area are continuing for any more clues that could help to solve the mystery of what happened to this plane.
The part that was found is called a flaperon, and an expert analysis was done to confirm that it was from the missing aircraft. But because only a handful of the Boeing 777’s exist, and this was the only one in the world missing, experts made the connection that the debris could belong to MH370 even before the extensive examination. The piece was found by people cleaning up the shoreline of Reunion Island, which is 3,800 miles from the plane’s last known location!
“I hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people aboard MH370,” Razak said. “They have our deepest sympathy and prayers.”
Now that investigators have a pretty good idea of around where this incident happened, the question is what happened. Sadly, 239 passengers were on the flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing China 17 months ago, and their families still have no real closure about what happened to their loved ones, even if it is pretty certain right now that there are no survivors. And, according to CNN, even if it’s determined how the plane went down, it might be very difficult to figure out why the accident occurred.
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