KUALA LUMPUR — August 4, 2015: The two-metre-long flaperon and several other metallic objects, if found to be connected to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, may narrow down the search area for the aircraft.
“If the wreckage (discovered on Reunion Island) was indeed from Malaysia’s missing jetliner, oceanographer’s models could be used to narrow
down the areas being searched,” a spokesman for Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) told Xinhua News Agency.
“Any new information that comes to hand that might help refine the search area will be incorporated into search planning. All information is analysed to further inform ongoing search efforts.”
On Sunday, Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai confirmed that the piece of wreckage was part of Boeing 777, but whether it was from MH370 had yet to be ascertained.
Speculation is rife that the flaperon is from MH370 since it is the only Boeing 777 plane whose flight path was presumed to have ended somewhere in
the southern Indian Ocean.
The verification process of the flaperon is planned to begin in Toulouse tomorrow.
On March 8 last year, MH370 disappeared from the radar while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew. — Bernama