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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wing-part Found on Reunion Island is from MH370 - Malaysian PM

This is no surprise! It was the only possible outcome as 

Debris that washed up on Reunion Island is that from missing MH370, the Malaysian Prime Minister has confirmed.

The discovery of a 7ft-long wing part called a flaperon on the French Indian
Ocean is that from MH370, which went missing in March last year 
Najib Razak has said that the wing fragment found last week was from the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing last March, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Experts in France had been examining the debris, which was found on a beach and it is now the first sign of the aircraft since it went off radar.

The confirmation was made in a press conference by Malaysian Prime Minister
Najib Razak who said he was delivering the news with a 'heavy heart'
He said: 'Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370.'  

Experts had previously used computer calculations in June 2014 to decide that debris would first be found on the west coast of Indonesia.

This was based on the movement of currents in a general anti-clockwise direction, which would have carried debris from the search area off the south west coast of Australia towards the north east.

But the discovery of part of the wing suspected of being from MH370 on Reunion Island last week has resulted in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau issuing a statement today admitting an error.

The Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the search said initial drift modelling had mistakenly indicated the first possible landfall of debris would be on the west of Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

However, the bureau insisted today that the mistake did not affect the extensive international surface search for the missing plane off the south west coast of Australia.

The Malaysia Airlines plane went missing 515 days ago
while en route from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing
The bureau said: 'While this error in that model had no impact on the way the surface search was conducted, it was important in order to understand over the course of time where debris might wash up and help verify or discount the various items found on beaches, particularly on the west coast of Australia.'

The ongoing confusion about where the plane crashed remained today as officials in France prepared to examine the wing part - testing that will involve trying to establish how the flaperon was torn off, where barnacles on the part might have originated and which airline had painted the part in white.