A section of a wing from a Boeing 777 found on an island beach in the Indian Ocean is from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Malaysian Prime Minister reported on Wednesday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the debris found on Reunion Island is in deed from Flight 370,” said Prime Minister Najib Razak. “We now have physical evidence…that Flight 370 tragically ended in the Indian Ocean.”
Debris from an aircraft was discovered washed up on a beach on Reunion Island last week. The “flaperon” from the wing of the plane was taken to Toulouse in southern France over the weekend for further investigation. Authorities from France, Australia and Malaysia determined conclusively on Wednesday the part was from the missing flight, which disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 passengers on board.
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“The burden and uncertainty faced by the families during this time has been unspeakable,” Prime Minister Najib said today. “It is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people onboard MH370.”
“I promise you this,” he continued, “Malaysia will always remember and honour those who were lost onboard MH370.”