Malaysia Confirms Indian Ocean Plane Debris From MH370

- VOA News,August 6, 2015

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed Thursday (local time) that a piece of an airplane wing found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean belonged to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared without a trace 17 months ago.

"Five hundred 15 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370," Mr. Razak grimly said in a televised address.

Malaysia Airlines put out a statement of condolence to the families and friends of all 239 passengers and crew on the flight. "It is indeed a major breakthrough for us in resolving this 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."

But experts in Paris, where the part was taken for analysis, are not yet ready to say for sure that what was found on the French territory is part of the vanished plane. A French prosecutor said there is "strong supposition" it is from MH370, but that their findings still have to be confirmed.

Relatives of the passengers, who have been holding to even the tiniest sliver of hope for a happy outcome, say one piece of a wing will not bring them closure. Some say a lot of questions are still unanswered and that the entire plane must be found.

Reunion Island is in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius, thousands of kilometers away from where the Boeing 777 vanished from radar on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.

Investigators searched the Indian Ocean, close to Australia, and found nothing. Theories about what happened to Flight MH370 include bad weather, a hijacking, or that the pilot deliberately crashed the jet. Nothing has been conclusive.

马来西亚:飞机残骸属于马航客机MH370

- 美国之音,2015年8月6日

马来西亚总理纳吉布星期四确认,在印度洋的留尼旺岛上发现的一片飞机机翼残片属于马航客机MH370。这驾飞机17个月前消失得无影无踪。

纳吉布在一次电视讲话中难过表示,“航班消失515天之后,我心情沉重地告诉你们一个国际专家小组已经认定在留尼旺岛上发现的飞机残骸确实是MH370的。”

马来西亚航空公司向该航班遇难的全部239名乘客和机组人员发出哀悼声明说,“这对我们解开MH370的失踪之谜确实是一个重要的突破。我们预计、也希望会发现更多物体,能够帮助我们揭开谜团。”

但是在巴黎对残骸进行分析的专家们还没有准备好确认在那个法属小岛上找到的残骸是失踪飞机的一部分。一名法国检查官说,有很强的假设认为残骸属于MH370,但是他们的发现仍需确认。

一直对怀抱微弱希望、期待皆大欢喜结局的遇难乘客的亲属们表示,一片机翼参骸不能算是结局。一些人说,还有很多问题没有答案,必须找到整架飞机。

留尼旺岛位于马达加斯加和毛里求斯之间的印度洋上,距那架波音777飞机去年三月从吉隆坡飞往北京的途中从雷达上消失的地点几千公里。

调查人员在印度洋上靠近澳大利亚的地方搜寻过,但是一无所获。有关MH370航班到底发生了什么的理论包括恶劣天气、劫机,或者飞行员故意坠机。目前仍没有定论。