A piece of a plane wing found off the shore of an Indian Ocean island last week is part of the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing in March last year, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said.
The wreckage was found off the coast of Reunion Island, a French department of the Indian Ocean, on July 29 and was later confirmed to be part of a Boeing 777, the same make and model as the missing Malaysian airliner. Experts who examined the debris in France have now “conclusively confirmed” that it was from MH370.
“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,” Najib told reporters during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.
“We now have physical evidence that […] flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” he said.
While the discovery might not lead to the exact location of the body of the plane, Jakarta-based aviation consultant Gerry Soejatman told reporters that the confirmation is a “huge step”.
“People want all the answers, but look, let’s be real. We must be glad that we found something at all. Now we know roughly where it might have crashed,” he said.
“This answers a lot of questions, actually. It eliminates other theories, conspiracy theories.”