MH 370 Debris Found on Reunion Island

MH 370 Debris Found on Reunion Island

Brandon Russell, Photojournalist

Off the coast of a remote island in the West Indian Ocean called Reunion Island, an Air France plane spotted an object floating from around 9,800 feet in the air. Once reported, a merchant ship was then diverted to the area but nothing was immediately found (cnn).


Once spotted, Boeing and Australian investigators concluded that the debris found came from a Boeing 777 and might be from Malaysia airline flight 370.


“We are highly confident but it still needs confirmation that it is a part from a 777 aircraft,” stated Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.


The plane went missing on March 2014 with 239 people aboard. The plane debris was then transported to France on Friday evening where a more extensive investigation will be conducted.


Investigators concluded that the debris was a flaperon that was on the wing of the plane. The flaperon came off due to the impact to the part of the wing to which it was attached.


Therefore, the rear damage looked like it was caused by stress rather then the wing being torn and broken apart when the plane collided with the water.


But an aircraft specialist, who reported to CNN, disagreed with the statements made by the team of investigators.


“The component could still have likely been back in its original position inside the wing itself,” said Michael Kenney, senior vice president of Universal Asset Management, which provides plane components to airlines (cnn). Milan Acosta (9)  stated ” Hopefully by finding more and more parts to the wreckage of flight 370, the search teams will finally be able to find the solution of why flight 370 went missing,” Therefore by the recent findings there coming ever more closer to finding out.


Although the real reason flight 370 disappeared has never been concluded yet, these recent debris sightings help investigators become closer and closer to uncovering the truth about Flight 370.