PUTRAJAYA — July 30, 2015: Malaysia has despatched a team of experts to the Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to verify if a flaperon, which was reportedly discovered on the island, belongs to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
In a statement issued here today, the Transport Ministry said the team comprises experts from the Department of Civil Aviation, the airline and the Malaysian International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370.
“We are in contact with our counterpart from Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA), the French air crash investigation agency, pertaining to this matter,” it said.
It was reported that the fragment of a wing washed up on the island and found yesterday could be wreckage from MAS MH370 which went missing in March last year with 239 people on board.
The ministry also cautioned that it would be premature to speculate at this juncture until there was tangible and irrefutable evidence that the flaperon
belonged to the missing aircraft.
Flight MH370 disappeared from the radar screens on March 8 last year as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.
On January 29 this year, the Malaysian DCA announced that the disappearance of the aircraft was an accident, based on international aviation rules and that all 239 people were deemed to have lost their lives. — Bernama