The latest update regarding the debris found in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday was released overnight in the wee hours of Thursday morning, according to a Washington Post report on Thursday. Authorities in Malaysia are almost certain that the large piece of debris that was discovered after being washed ashore on an island is a wing component of an aircraft. It is believed that the debris is from a Boeing 777. That is the same aircraft model as the Malaysia Airlines aircraft – Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 – that extremely mysteriously went amiss a year ago last March.
Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, the Malaysian deputy transport minister, said that the debris was a large, battered scrap. It was said to be a flaperon which is a control surface that is connected to the wing of a plane. Kaprawi said that the debris was found on the French island of Reunion. He went as far as to say that is almost certain that the flaperon is from a Boeing 777 airplane. He asserted that the chief investigator of the project made the claim originally. It should be noted that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been the only Boeing 777 aircraft that has been missing in recent times, say the investigators connected to the case.
Prior to these claims, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss made the confirmation that the debris was not inconsistent with a Boeing 777, as well. According to Reuters, however, he stopped short of giving total hope that debris from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had been found in Reunion because there are other possibilities for the finding. Even if it is from that exact same model of aircraft, it is still just one of numerous steps to determine whether it is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Truss does admit, however, that this discovery is the first real evidence that asserts there is a possibility that a part of the missing aircraft has been found. It is being treated as a significant lead in the investigation which many had thought had gone completely cold. The investigation, though slowed, has been going on for well over a year.
Marine researchers are now to examine the debris and determine whether the barnacle-encrusted debris is consistent with having been in the ocean for 16 months. Also of note, a code was found on the recovered object. The code reads PB670. It is not a serial number, but it may be a maintenance number indicating the part’s origin, according to CNN.
As one recalls, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went mysteriously missing on March 8, 2014. There were 239 passengers and crew members on the airplane. While the searches have been in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island is located less than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Madagascar and some 3,500 miles southwest of Kuala Lumpur.
Reunion is more than 3,000 miles from the part of the ocean where the plane was formerly believed to have gone down. But again, no one knows for sure where the plane went down. Additionally, with the currents of water in the Indian Ocean and the timing of the discovery on Wednesday, investigators think it is quite possible that the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370’s debris could have been carried thousands of miles from where it was believed to have entered the waters. After all, it was determined, such a piece of debris could have floated that far in a year and 4 months.