Remote Reunion Island may solve mystery of missing Malaysian jet

There may finally be some closure for families who lost loved ones when a Malaysian Airline operated Boeing 777 mysteriously disappeared last March. A section of a 777 aircraft called a flaperon (a type of aircraft control surface that combines aspects of both flaps and ailerons) , and  a piece of luggage found yesterday July 30 could provide the biggest leads yet in the long tedious search for the missing Malaysian flight that fell off the radar while carrying 227 passenger and 12 crew members. Loved ones have since expressed anger, sorrow and even hope over the incident.  While the section of the 777 wing has been sent to France for further identification, the luggage that was found on Reunion Island has made that remote area world-famous along with it one Johnny Begue  who found the bag washed ashore on a beach.

Reunion Island  is a French economic and tourism group of the Vanilla Islands located the Indian Ocean where French people vacation.  It was there, according to eturbonews and other online sources reported that a Chinese water bottle, an Indonesian canister and a mangled suitcase  were found  washed ashore yesterday  July 30 and became a discovery heard ‘round the world.  The Vanilla Island Group is on alert. Vanilla Island regions including Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles are monitoring the situation on their island shores. Pictures of the smaller debris are popping up on various websites.

“It is almost certain that the flaperon is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. Our chief investigator here told me this,” Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told Reuters. A Boeing air safety investigator identified the component as a “flaperon” from the trailing edge of a 777 wing. Boeing says the only missing plane of that type is the Malaysian Airlines MH370 that disappeared.

According to the UK Telegraph  the wing debris believed to belong to MH370 has been loaded onto a plane bound for Paris. It is expected to then be sent  to Toulouse for testing. A source “close to the investigation” told CNN that a state-of-the-art laboratory in Balma, which has the capacity to “identify very quickly”, will study the flap.

That same laboratory helped investigate the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, and its “engineers would be able to identify quickly whether the plane exploded in the air or whether it broke when hitting the water,” the source told CNN.


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