In the case of MH370, the team also extended their initial analysis, which was based solely on the flaperon
found on La Reunion in 2015, to also include other items of debris that were recovered in other locations.
While families wait for clues about the missing jet, 17 months after MH370 mysteriously vanished, the flaperon
risks being submerged once again by jurisdictional in-fighting.
Malaysia has said the 2-metre-long flaperon
, which can be moved up
Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said the discovery of a flaperon
at Reunion Island, the first physical proof of the plane since its disappearance, gave investigators fresh hope in locating the ill-fated plane.
Experts were convinced that the flaperon
(piece of wing) was from MH370 because the seal on the part matched the maintenance record and the paint was the same colour.
The debris was discovered on Reunion Island on July 29 and was officially identified as part of a plane wing, known as a flaperon
, from a Boeing 777.
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said a maintenance seal on the flaperon
matches the airline's records, though he didn't elaborate.
Malaysia's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai tweeted: "The flaperon
is officially identified as being part of a Boeing 777.
Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said tests in France had made this link with a recentlydiscovered flaperon
from an airplane wing.
Experts have said the two-metre (6ft) object washed up on a beach could be a moveable piece of a Boeing 777's wing, called a flaperon
Experts hope the 2-2.5 meter (6.5-8 feet) wing surface, known as a flaperon
, and a fragment of luggage also found on Reunion could yield clues on the fate of Flight MH370, which disappeared without trace in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board.