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
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'
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 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.