Malaysia Airlines on Wednesday confirmed that debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from Flight 370. This confirmation comes more that a year after the jetliner went missing in a statement on their website which reads as follows:
Malaysia Airlines would like to sincerely convey our deepest sorrow to the families and friends of the passengers onboard Flight MH370 on the news that the flaperon found on Reunion Island on 29 July was indeed from Flight MH370. This has been confirmed jointly today by the French Authorities, Bureau d’ Enquetes et d‘ Analyses pour la Securites de I’AviationCivile (BEA), the Malaysian Investigation Team, Technical Representative from PRC and Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) in Toulouse, France and subsequently announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Family members of passengers and crew have already been informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected.
This is indeed a major breakthrough for us in resolving the disappearance of MH370. We expect and hope that there would be more objects to be found which would be able to help resolve this mystery.
Moving forward, Malaysia Airlines’ priority will continue to provide latest updates and information to the families and will fully cooperate with the relevant authorities on the investigation and recovery of this tragic accident.
Malaysia’s prime minister in a televised address added “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 … is indeed MH370.”
A wing fragment which washed up on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean was sent to France for investigators to analyze the metal with high-powered microscopes.
MH370, a Boeing 777, disappeared on March 8, 2014 while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.