NEW HOPE: Officers carrying pieces of debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island, France, late last week. A Malaysian government team has been dispatched to Reunion in the Indian Ocean, where newly found aircraft wreckage awakened speculation over flight MH370.
NEW HOPE: Officers carrying pieces of debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island, France, late last week. A Malaysian government team has been dispatched to Reunion in the Indian Ocean, where newly found aircraft wreckage awakened speculation over flight MH370. RAYMOND WAE TION

MH370: Reunion Island wreckage source revealed today

FRENCH investigators are expected to reveal today whether a piece of debris that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island belongs to MH370.

The piece of debris, a section of wing surface known as a flaperon, washed up on Reunion Island last week giving investigators their first break through since the plane went missing more than a year ago.

The debris has been identified as being from a Boeing 777 which is the same model as the missing MH370 flight.

MORE: Plane debris on French island offers family glimmer of hope

Malaysian Airline flight MH370 disappeared on March 6 last year while on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, sparking one of the biggest aviation mysteries in history.

The 239 passengers and crew aboard the missing plane, including six Australians, were declared dead earlier this year.

MH370 is believed to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean about 3700km from Reunion Island.

Experts said ocean current modelling suggested if any debris from MH370 was to wash up, the area off the east of Africa was the likely spot.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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