Date
16 January 2017
One of three numbers found on the flaperon was confirmed to be the serial number of MH370. Photo: Reuters
One of three numbers found on the flaperon was confirmed to be the serial number of MH370. Photo: Reuters

Wing part found on island belonged to MH370, French confirm

French authorities have formally declared that a wing part found on an island in the Indian Ocean in July was part of the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

A prosecutor said a technician from Airbus Defense and Space in Spain, which had made the part for Boeing, had formally identified one of three numbers found on the wing section, known as a flaperon, as being the serial number of the MH370 Boeing 777, Reuters reported.

“It is therefore possible to confirm with certainty that the flaperon found on Reunion island on July 29, 2015 corresponds to the one from flight MH370,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

The Malaysian government had previously said it believed that the flaperon belonged to MH370.

The plane carrying 239 people veered off its course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.

The Malaysian government had previously said it believed that the flaperon belonged to MH370.

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