A piece of wreckage washed up on a beach in the Indian Ocean could be part of the doomed Malaysian Airlines jet MH370 which vanished in 2014, it has emerged.
The two-metre-long piece of wreckage, which seemed to be part of a wing, was found by people cleaning up a beach in La Reunion, east of Madagascar.
One witness said: ‘It was covered in shells, so one would say it had been in the water a long time.’
Officials are examining debris found washed up on Reunion island east of Madagascar to determine if it is related to the missing MH370
Mysterious: The debris appears to be part of a wing and was taken onto the island, a French department, this morning, according to Adjutant Christian Retournat
Air crash investigators will closely examine the piece of wreckage to see if the serial numbers match the missing Boeing 777
The two-metre-long section of wreckage was discovered on the island of La Reunion, east of Madagascar
French air transport officials have already opened a probe to investigate where the wreckage could have come from.
Xavier Tytelman, an expert in aviation security, said it could not be ruled out that the wreckage belonged to MH370, which vanished without trace in March last year.
No part of the wreckage has ever been found in one of aviation’s great mysteries and Malaysian authorities in January declared that all on board were presumed dead.
The plane disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Tytelman noted that local media photos showed ‘incredible similarities between a #B777 flaperon and the debris found,’ refering to a Boeing 777 – the type of plane that disappeared.
He also noted a reference on the wreckage: BB670.
He added: ‘This code is not a plane’s registration number, nor serial number. However… it’s clear that this reference would allow a quick identification. In a few days, we will have a definitive answer.’
The object appears very similar to part of the flap mechanism from a large passenger jet such as the missing MH370 Boeing 777
Airline expert Xavier Tytelman said the wreckage looked like it came from a Boeing 777
Development? Officials are examining debris found floating near Reunion island east of Madagascar to determine if it is related to Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which vanished in 2014 (stock photo)
Boeing said in a statement it remained ‘committed to supporting the MH370 investigation and the search for the airplane’.
The airline manufacturer said: ‘We continue to share our technical expertise and analysis. Our goal, along with the entire global aviation industry, continues to be not only to find the airplane, but also to determine what happened – and why.’
The debris appears to be part of a wing and was taken onto the island, a French department, this morning, according to Adjutant Christian Retournat.
‘It is way too soon to say whether or not it is MH370. We just found the debris this morning in the coast of Saint Andre,’ Retournat told CNN Wednesday.
The flat, white hunk of metal is almost certainly a part of an airplane wing. More specifically, Metro reports it is that of a Boeing 777, the same model plane as MH370, which went down after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 8, 2014 en route to Beijing with 239 aboard.