Melbourne: Australian experts have traveled to France to help examine the recently found aircraft wreckage and determine if it belongs to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, an official said on Wednesday.
The expert from Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will join the French and Malaysian-led investigation team on Wednesday in Toulouse, France, to work on this issue together, a Chinese news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss as saying.
The aircraft wreckage was found last Wednesday on Reunion island in the Indian Ocean.
The debris is about 2-2.5 meters long, and will be checked by experts at the military-run General Directorate of Armaments in Toulouse suburbs.
Malaysian authorities, who are responsible for investigating the disappearance of MH-370, have confirmed the wreckage retrieved is a flaperon from a Boeing 777 aircraft.
Based on the drift modelling commissioned by the ATSB, material from the current search area could have been carried to La Reunion, as well as other locations, as part of a progressive dispersal of floating debris through the action of ocean currents and wind, said Truss.
“Thorough and methodical search efforts will continue to be focused on the defined underwater search area, covering 120,000 sq km, in the southern Indian Ocean,” he said.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with a total of 239 passengers on board.
Kuala Lumpur: Verification has confirmed that the debris found on Reunion Island belongs to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced here on Thursday.
“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is in indeed from MH370,” the prime minister was quoted as saying by Chinese media.
“We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on March 24 last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” Razak said.
The plane carrying 239 people veered off course while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.
A second piece of wreckage, suspected to be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370, was found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, media reported.
The object, resembling a plane door featuring Chinese symbols, was discovered by a passer-by in Saint Denis, the island’s capital, The Guardian reported.
The news about the finding of the plane door came from Freedom Radio station, which was informed by a caller that he had found “a large metal object with foreign writing.”
The new wreckage was found 25 km from Saint Andre, where the first piece of debris — a two-meter, barnacle-encrusted flaperon or the wing component of an aircraft — was found on July 29. It has been sent to the French city of Toulouse for further analysis.
Preliminary results are expected by Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines on Sunday said the flaperon has been confirmed as being from a 777 plane.
“We know the flaperon has been officially identified as being part of a Boeing 777 aircraft. This has been verified by French authorities together with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, the US National Transportation Safety Board and a Malaysian team comprising the department of civil aviation, Malaysia Airlines, and Malaysian ICAO annex 13 safety investigation team for MH370,” Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said.
A church service was held at Cambuston church in Saint Andre on Saturday in memory of the 239 people on board the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight which mysteriously disappeared from the radars on March 8, 2014.
Over 400 people attended the service at the church, which is located close to the beach where the first piece of wreckage was discovered.
The residents of Kudahuvadhoo island in Indian Ocean reported seeing a low-flying passenger jet on the same day MH370 disappeared, reported an English newspaper.
239 people were on the Malaysian Airlines flight when it disappeared in March 2014. The residents of Maldives island said that they saw a plane with red and blue markings on the day MH370 vanished.
“I have never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We have seen seaplanes, but I am sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly,” one of the villagers said.
The witnesses also agreed that they saw the plane travelling north to south-east, towards the southern tip of Maldives, quoted the Independent.
Moreover, acoustic scientists have said that the plane might have crashed near Maldives as a high energy sound was measured in the area around the same time. This can help locate the plane’s final crashing coordinates.