(From Jakarta Post)
Plane wreckage washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island will be sent to France for investigation, as hopes mounted Thursday the mysterious object could unlock the riddle of missing flight MH370.
After a fruitless 16-month search for the Malaysia Airlines plane, the discovery of a piece of a plane wing offered up the bittersweet hope of closure to the families of 239 people who seemingly disappeared into thin air on the doomed flight.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the two-meter long piece of wreckage found on the French island of La Reunion was “very likely” from a Boeing 777, but it remained to be seen if it indeed came from MH370.
Malaysian investigators arrived on the island to study the object and a French military helicopter slowly circled the area above the island where the debris washed up on a rocky beach.
However as expectation mounted over the find, authorities warned against jumping to conclusions.
“Whatever wreckage is found needs to be further verified before we can further confirm whether it belongs to MH370,” said Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai. Read more
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