A piece of plane debris has been found off the eastern cost of Madagascar, near La Reunion Island. A part of a Boeing 777 plane was found by France’s air crash investigation agency.
The Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 went missing on March 7, 2014. The plane, which was a Boeing 777, was carrying 239 people in a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Less than an hour into the trip, the flight lost all contact with air traffic control somewhere over the South China Sea. After a rigorous search of the surrounding area by several different countries, not a single clue or piece of evidence was found of the missing plane.
We have possibly found a big one.
Though the identification of the discovered plane has yet to be determined, there are authorities working on finding a serial number on the debris to figure out exactly what plane it came from. So far it seems that the investigators are agreed that the plane debris matches the same make as flight MH370.
Though the debris is across the Indian Ocean from where the plane initially went missing, it does check out with the Malaysian military radar tracking record of the plane after it went missing. It is also not uncommon for debris to cross the ocean, so nothing can be ruled out.
Since the Boeing 777 model has been in use, the MH370 flight is the only instance of a crash in the Indian Ocean region. There are many clues pointing towards the wreckage being from the downed Malaysian Airlines flight.
Malaysian Airlines had a second horrific plane crash four and a half months after MH370 went missing. Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile over the Donetsk province of Ukraine, amidst the military tension between Ukraine and Russia. Another Boeing 777, all 298 on board were killed.
In the near future the investigators should be able to properly identify the debris. If it belongs to MH370 than some closure may begin to set after hearing nothing for a year and a half. However just because this piece was found it doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of the debris is nearby. If the wreckage traveled across the Indian ocean, then the rest of the plane’s remains could be scattered across the ocean floor.