'Flaperon came off a Boeing 777'

'Flaperon came off a Boeing 777'
French police inspecting a piece of plane debris found in Saint-Andre, on Reunion island, on Wednesday. France's BEA said it was examining the debris, in coordination with Malaysian and Australian authorities.
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PETALING JAYA - The flaperon found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is part of a Boeing 777, says Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.

However, it did not mean that the part belonged to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that disappeared in March 2014.

“Yes, MAS (Malaysia Airlines) told me that the part number of that flaperon is of a Boeing 777, but it doesn’t mean that it belongs to MH370.

“It confirms that the flaperon belongs to a (Boeing) 777,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday.

MH370 disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board.

Abdul Aziz also confirmed that there were no Malaysian-based MH370 investigators on the island given reports that a volcano had erupted there yesterday.

He added that the Malaysian investigators were only on their way there from Hong Kong, and were expected to arrive in Reunion “very late Saturday” (today).

“They (the investigators) want to go to the site where the debris is found. Besides, they got to check one of the luggage bags found on the island, and they will do some analysis on the area,” he added.

On the plane debris, he said it would be flown to France and checked by French and Malaysian investigators in an ICAO-certified (International Civil Aviation Organisation) lab in Toulouse.

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