was the first piece of wreckage to be recovered from (http://www.ibtimes.com/flight-mh370-update-plane-data-not-enough-confirm-death-dive-theory-expert-pilot-says-2407385) the missing jet. Following this, several debris pieces have emerged that authorities believe most "likely" belong to the missing jet.
Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said tests in France had made this link with a recentlydiscovered flaperon from an airplane wing.
He tweeted: "The flaperon is offi-cially identified as being part of a Boeing 777.
Aviation experts who have seen widely circulated pictures of the debris said it may be a moving wing surface known as a flaperon, situated close to the fuselage.
"It is almost certain that the flaperon is from a Boeing 777 aircraft.
Initially, Van's didn't expect the lightweight, flaperon
and full stabilator-configured RV-12 to fly exactly like its heavier and faster aircraft.
But with four flaperons
, there's noticeable drag and adverse yaw in slow flight.
Those full-span flaperons
catch a lot of air, but they don't have much deflection so roll isn't as quick as you might expect and the long wings seem to have noticeable inertia.
Unique to the design are full-span flaperons
whose mechanical guts are outside the wing structure itself, making for a relatively simple build.
Because the airplane has full-span flaperons
, it has good roll control throughout the speed range.
As if there weren't a long enough list of signature features, the design is unique for its use of full-span flaperons
in place of conventional ailerons.
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said a maintenance seal on the flaperon
matches the airline's records, though he didn't elaborate.