A “flaperon” from a Boeing 777, the same plane used on missing flight, was found on the Indian Ocean island late last month.
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 were found until the debris washed up on Réunion.
“I hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people on board MH370,” NBC News quoted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as saying. “They have our deepest sympathy and prayers.”
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.
After its discovery, the debris was taken to Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) in France. The BEA is the French equivalent of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).