Part of the wing that was discovered on Reunion Island was confirmed to be from the MH370 airplane.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who confirmed the news, said experts assessing the debris had “conclusively confirmed” the part found on the island was from the missing aircraft.
Prime Minister Razak said, “It is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people on board MH370.”
In March 2014, the Malaysia Airlines flight, carrying 239 passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, flew off course. The Boeing 777 disappeared from civil radar minutes after it was airborne. Investigators are considering the possibility that someone may have turned off the transponder, leading the flight to go off course and finally crashing into the ocean.
Despite a massive search operation, no evidence has been found as to what happened to the plane. However, it is believed it crashed into the southern Indian ocean.
The debris was found on the island a week ago and subsequently transported to Toulouse for testing, as reported by BBC.
A top French prosecutor said there was further testing to be conducted to confirm whether the debris was from the plane.
Paris Deputy Prosecutor Serge Mackowiak said there are “very strong presumptions” that the debris came from the missing Boeing 777.
“[Investigators] will try to do it as soon as possible in order to provide total and reliable information to the family of victims, who are on our minds at the moment,” Mackowiak added.
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Family Members Not Relieved
The family members of the deceased said the announcements from the two officials didn’t bring much relief.
K.S. Narendran, whose wife was aboard the plane when it went missing, said, “I was left somewhat confused and, frankly, a little angry and dismayed.”
The details of the findings weren’t conveyed in the announcements, Narendran said, as reported by CNN.
“I didn’t hear facts. I didn’t hear the basics. I heard nothing,” he said, “and so it leaves me wondering whether there is a foregone conclusion and everyone is racing for the finish.”
Prime Minister Razak’s announcement was difficult to accept for the families of the deceased MH370 passengers. One relative, whose username is TxiYY, said on Weibo, “After all our 515 days waiting failed to turn into a miracle.”
Another individual, going by the username Fence2012, said, “Even tho the bad news have been all over the place, we still held onto the slim hope. Today the Malaysian side ended the families’ hope and expectation. Maybe this is the way to end the misery.”
For the airlines, the announcement came as “a major breakthrough for us in resolving the disappearance of MH370.”
In a statement, the airline company said, “We expect and hope that there would be more objects to be found which would be able to help resolve this mystery.”
The search for the plane that went missing is being led by Australia.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the finding “does seem to confirm that it went down in the Indian Ocean, it does seem very consistent with the search pattern that we’ve been using for the last few months.”
Relatives of the deceased said they won’t get complete closure until the details of how the plane went down are brought to light, and the remains of the victims are sent to them.
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