Wing part is from a Boeing 777: Malaysia
MALAYSIA said yesterday that the wing piece that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion on Wednesday has been "officially identified" as part of a Boeing 777 - making it virtually certain that it was from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Flight MH370 is the only Boeing 777 to be lost at sea.
Meanwhile, Malaysia is reaching out to its counterparts in other Indian Ocean territories to be on the lookout for further debris, as more pieces of "metallic debris" were found on the island yesterday.
Investigators on the island took the debris as part of the probe into the fate of Flight MH370, although nothing indicated that they had come from an airplane, a source said.
An Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer saw police collect one piece of debris, measuring about 100 sq cm, on the north of the island yesterday morning.
Officers placed the debris - which has a handle-like component partially covered by leather and inscribed with two illustrations - in an iron case.
Earlier reports by Sky News said one of the objects found resembled a plane door, but the British news channel later said this could not be confirmed.
Flight MH370 disappeared in March last year after veering off course while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people aboard. It is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, but no proof has been found.
Last week, a fragment of luggage was discovered along with a wing part known as a flaperon.
The barnacled plane part was flown to Paris on Saturday, and taken to Toulouse for more detailed analysis. Representatives from Malaysia, the United States, China, France and Boeing are due to participate in a "verification" of the flaperon on Wednesday.
If the serial number on the flaperon confirms that it is from MH370, then the laboratory can use sophisticated tools to try to glean more information about the causes of the crash, such as whether its shape corresponds more to a mid-air explosion or a crash into the ocean.
The luggage fragment has been sent to a police unit outside Paris that specialises in DNA tests.
Scientists say it is plausible that ocean currents carried a piece of the wreckage as far as Reunion.
Malaysia's Deputy Transport Minister, Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, told AFP that the Boeing 777 wing part "could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean".
"I believe that we are moving closer to solving the mystery of MH370," he said.