After several false leads and months with little to no new information, officials say they are confident that wreckage found in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday is consistent in appearance with a Boeing 777, the same type of plane boarded by passengers on the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight 370.
The aircraft debris, about two meters by one meter, was found off the coast of Reunion Island, a French department of the Indian Ocean, and has “incredible similarities” to part of a Boeing triple 7 wing. Specifically, aviation experts have speculated that the piece is a flaperon, a hinged piece of the wing that can be lowered to control the plane’s stability.
“If it is a part from a triple 7, we can be fairly confident it is from 370 because there just haven’t been that many triple 7 crashes and there haven’t been any in this area,” aviation analyst Mary Schiavo told CNN.
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Reports have added, however, that an apparent serial number reading BB670 was also found on the debris, and would not match that of a Boeing 777.
Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the director-general of Malaysia’s department of civil aviation, said that his agency along with the country’s transport foreign ministry and the airliner will meet today to discuss the “next steps”. Experts are now examining the wreckage, but have given no timeframe as to how long it will take to determine whether the piece does in fact belong to the doomed flight.
If the wreckage is indeed found to be a part of MH370, it will be the first piece of evidence confirming that the plane crashed. The aircraft went missing on March 8 last year, shortly after it took off from Kuala Lumpur towards Beijing with 239 passengers and crew members onboard.
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