Todd DeFeo

Reports: Debris looks to be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

OKINAWA, Japan (March 9, 2014) A P-3C Orion patrol craft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 departs from Kadena Air Base to aid in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The P-3C brings long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the efforts. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Debris found on the French island of Réunion looks to be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing more than a year ago.

So far, a “flaperon” from a Boeing 777, the same plane used on missing flight, and what looks to be the remains of a suitcase have been found in the island in the Indian Ocean, according to reports. It is not certain whether the suitcase is connected to the missing flight.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when disappeared on March 8, 2014. Despite a massive international search, no remnants have been found until yesterday.

“This is obviously a very significant development,” USA Today quoted Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss as telling reporters at a news conference. “It’s the first real evidence that there’s a possibility that part of the aircraft may have been found.”

Added Truss: “It’s too early to make that judgement, but clearly we’re treating this as a major lead.”

Investigators believe the flight turned south and headed into the Indian Ocean. After the crash, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razakon said Malaysia Airlines flight 370 “ended” in the southern Indian Ocean.

“The location is consistent with the drift analysis provided to the Malaysian investigation team, which showed a route from the southern Indian Ocean to Africa,” Reuters quoted Najib as saying in a statement.

A total of 239 people were on board the flight — 227 passengers and 12 crew members — were on board when the plane went missing. The piece of wreckage was to be send to the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA), the French equivalent of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), for investigation.

 

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Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.