Missing Malaysia jet search

An object found on the French island of Reunion has been confirmed as “a domestic ladder” and is not a plane part, amid reports that a new piece of plane debris, possibly from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, was found on the island.

Malaysian director general of civil aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said a piece of debris found on a beach near the town of Saint-Denis yesterday morning had nothing to do with the investigation involving the missing MH370.

Mr Rahman said: “I’m the one leading the investigation in France for the analysis of the (wing flap) piece brought back. I read all over media it (the new debris) was part of a door. But I checked with the Civil Aviation Authority, and people on the ground in Reunion, and it was just a domestic ladder.”

Flight MH370 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 when it vanished with 239 people on board.

Aviation experts at a military base near Toulouse, France, have been trying to establish whether the original wreckage is from the doomed flight.

The wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analysed by experts.

French aviation experts will try to establish whether the wreckage that was found on the Indian Ocean island Reunion was part of the Boeing 777 which disappeared on March 8 2014. Today an investigating judge will meet Malaysian authorities and representatives of the French aviation investigative agency.

Analysts at the French aviation laboratory hope to glean details from metal stress to see what caused the flap to break off, spot explosive or other chemical traces, and study the sea life on the wing to pinpoint where it came from. There is no guarantee that the plane’s vital black box recorders or other debris will be found.


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