Following last week’s discovery of mysterious aircraft wreckage on the remote island of La Reunion, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has confirmed the debris belongs to MH370 – the Malaysian Airlines flight which vanished off air traffic radars in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board.

The search for MH370, including an extensive Australian-led operation off the West Australian coast last year, was described by Prime Minister Razak as one that has been shrouded in mystery during the 515 days since the flight’s disappearance.

“The plane’s disappearance was without precedent. At every stage, we followed the tiny amount of evidence that existed. But, despite the efforts of 26 nations and the largest search in aviation history, from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, the plane could not be located.
Neither could investigations by the world’s leading aviation experts answer why MH370 veered off course and went dark. While the plane’s disappearance remained a mystery, we have shared the pain of those who could find no comfort.”

Prime Minister Razak confirmed the flight’s first physical evidence has refreshed the search operation, saying Malaysia is committed to uncover “the truth of what happened,” on his Facebook page.

The recovered debris, part of a Boeing 777‘s wing, is currently being examined by French authorities, and will soon undergo a forensic analysis.

On 8 March 2014, flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The days, weeks and months that followed have…

Posted by Najib Razak on Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Via ABC.
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