A piece of aircraft wreckage was found on Reunion Island, an island in the Indian Ocean, last week. After initial tests of the debris, a team of international experts in France confirmed that the wreckage was part of MH370 that disappeared in the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board.
This comes as a big breakthrough in solving the mystery of the plane that disappeared more than a year ago. It also gives fresh hope for relatives of those on board to ultimately find answers as to what happened to the plane.
“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370,” Malaysian PM Najib Razak told the media in Kuala Lumpur.
MH370, which was a Boeing 777, went off the radar on March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. A massive multinational search operation was launched in the remote areas of the India Ocean. The search, however, found no verified sign of the plane.
Only last week, a two-metre-long flaperon was found on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar. The wreckage was being examined at an aeronautical test centre in Toulouse in France. A flaperon is a part of the wing used to manage the lift and control the roll of an aircraft.
“We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” PM Razak said.
Meanwhile, for desperate families of victims, this proof is not enough for a real closure.
“It’s not the end. Although they found something, you know, its not the end. They still need to find the whole plane and our spouses as well. We still want them back,” said Jacquita Gonzales, wife of in-flight supervisor.
The disappearance of flight MH370 still remains one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.