Malaysia: More Airplane Parts Found on Reunion Island
- VOA News,August 7, 2015
Malaysia's transport minister said additional airplane parts have been located on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, where a piece of the wing from the missing Malaysian jetliner was recovered last week.
Liow Tiong Lai said the newly found parts include seat cushions, window panes and other debris. But while he concluded the items are plane debris, he could not state with certainty they belonged to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Earlier, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed that a flaperon found on a Reunion Island beach last week was a part of the missing Boeing 777, which disappeared 17 months ago without a trace.
In the 515 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," Najib grimly said in a televised address.
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 their findings still have to be confirmed.