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Debris brings MH370 mystery 'closer' than ever to answers-AFP By Mahdia Benhamla-july 31,15-yahoonews
Saint-André (France) (AFP) - Plane debris that washed up on an Indian Ocean island is from a Boeing 777, Malaysian authorities said Friday, making it almost certainly the first piece of wreckage recovered from missing flight MH370.If confirmed by analysis of the debris -- which was being flown to Paris on Friday night from the French island of La Reunion -- the discovery would mark the first breakthrough in a case that has baffled aviation experts for 16 months.The Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board."I believe that we are moving closer to solving the mystery of MH370. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean," Malaysia's deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.A commercial Air France flight carrying the debris was due to land at Paris' Orly airport on Saturday morning at around 6:00 am (0400 GMT). It will be transported to Toulouse for analysis in a defence ministry laboratory.French officials said analysis of the wing part would begin on Wednesday, along with an examination of parts of a suitcase discovered nearby.However, authorities have warned one small piece of plane debris is unlikely to completely clear up one of aviation's greatest puzzles.MH370 was one of only three Boeing 777s to have been involved in major incidents, along with the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine last year and the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport in 2013 that left three dead."From the part number, it is confirmed that it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. This information is from MAS (Malaysia Airlines)," Aziz told AFP.Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the search for the passenger jet, said the agency was "increasingly confident that this debris is from MH370."On La Reunion island, where a clean-up crew discovered the wreckage and the suitcase, dozens of curious locals scoured the rocky shore for other possible debris.Members of the same clean-up association on Friday discovered a detergent bottle with Indonesian markings and a bottle of Chinese-branded mineral water, which they took to police.Of the victims, 152 were Chinese and seven from Indonesia.Australian officials played down the discoveries, saying items like the suitcase "may just be rubbish".- 'Bittersweet feeling' -An Australian-led search has spent 16 months combing the southern Indian Ocean for the aircraft, which is known to have inexplicably veered off-course.But no confirmed physical evidence has ever been found, sparking wild conspiracy theories about the plane's fate.In January, Malaysian authorities declared everyone on board presumed dead.For the families of the victims, torn between wanting closure and hoping beyond hope that their loved ones were still somehow alive, the discovery of the wing part has been yet another painful turn on an emotional rollercoaster.Australian Jeanette Maguire, whose sister Cathy was on board, said the discovery had triggered "a very bittersweet feeling for all of the family, it's quite emotional.""We're really hoping for answers that we get from this wreckage that it is MH370 so that we have some idea," she added.Speculation on the cause of the plane's disappearance has focused primarily on a possible mechanical or structural failure, a hijacking or terror plot, or rogue pilot action.- Main debris at bottom of ocean -Scientists say there are several plausible scenarios in which ocean currents could have carried a piece of debris from the plane to the island.Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said while the part "could be a very important piece of evidence" if it was linked to MH370, using reverse modelling to determine more precisely where the debris may have drifted from was "almost impossible".Australian search authorities, which are leading the Indian Ocean hunt for the aircraft some 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) from La Reunion, said they were confident the main debris field was in the current search area.Dolan said the discovery did not mean other parts would start washing up on La Reunion."Over the last 16 or 17 months, any floating debris would have dispersed quite markedly across the Indian Ocean," he said.Truss said investigators would be keen to examine the part to try to find out how it may have separated from the rest of the jet and "whether there's any evidence of fire or other misadventure on the aircraft."But Dolan cautioned it would be difficult to determine from the wing part alone why the plane disappeared."There's limits to how much you can determine from just one piece of debris," he added."We know that the main debris field associated with MH370 is going to be on the bottom of the ocean, not floating on the surface."
MH370 Probe: Man Describes Finding Piece That Could Unravel Missing Jet Mystery-By ANTHONY CASTELLANO-july 31,15-yahoonews
Johnny Begue and his friend were out looking for stones earlier this week on Reunion Island when he stumbled upon a piece of an airplane wing washed up on the sand."I asked my friend to come help pick it up. First we thought that we'd use it as a piece of decoration and then we thought because it's a piece of plane, we should probably call the police,” Begue, 46, told ABC News today.The piece was discovered on Wednesday by Begue and may be the first item anyone has seen of the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board. Investigators are treating the airplane part, believed to be a "flaperon," as a major lead into the disappearance of the plane.Based on a part number that was visible in pictures, Boeing workers believe it came from a 777, the same type of plane as MH370, according to a U.S. official. MH370 is the only missing 777 jet in the world.Begue is still getting used to the significance of the find."I feel like maybe it's God that sent me, I was just looking for a stone and now I think maybe God sent me so that the people that have lost their loved ones can grieve properly".In the wake of the discovery, a tattered piece of luggage on the same beach.The origin of the piece of luggage has not been determined, but it was seized by local police for examination.French officials said the plane part will arrive over the weekend in Toulouse, where it will undergo analysis next week.ABC News' Sifiso Khanyile contributed to this report.
MH370 speculation sparked by debris found on Indian Ocean island-The Australian-July 30, 2015 9:45PM
Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak said he was praying for the families of those aboard missing flight MH370 that they can get closure and peace.He said the Reunion Island location was consistent with the drift analysis provided to the Malaysian investigation team, which showed a route from the southern Indian Ocean to Africa.He said: “As soon as we have more information or any verification we will make it public. We have had many false alarms before, but for the sake of the families who have lost loved ones, and suffered such heartbreaking uncertainty, I pray that we will find out the truth so that they may have closure and peace.’’Mr Razak said the debris is likely to be from a Boeing 777 but still had to be verified if it was from MH370.“At this stage it is too early to speculate,’’ he said.French authorites are shipping the debris to Toulouse, which is the site of the nearest office of the French civil aviation authority. Malaysian experts are on their way to Toulouse, including from the Ministry of Transport, the Department of Civil Aviation, the MH370 investigation team, and Malaysia Airlines.Is debris from flight MH370?-French investigators of suspected MH370 debris have found a code of ‘657BB’ on the wreckage which could indicate it is a Boeing 777 flaperon, a small part of the wing flap that is used on larger aircraft to provide extra stability, but further analysis will be needed to check if its from the MH370 plane.Reports are emerging that the damaged remnants of a suitcase have been found washed ashore on the same Indian Ocean island where debris that may be from MH370 was discovered.Less than a day after a two-metre long object that aviation experts say is likely a wing flap from a Boeing 777 was found on the island of Reunion, a photo has emerged of a man holding the tattered remains of a bag.French language website Linfo.re has reported that a gardener found the bag near where the debris was discovered.There has been no further information linking the bag to MH370, a Boeing 777 that disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board.MH370 possibility ‘realistic’-There is a “realistic possibility” the debris washed up on Reunion Island may have come from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 says Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.Authorities are scrambling to verify the origin of the two-metre long piece of wreckage, possibly from a wing part known as a flaperon.The discovery has raised hopes it could be from the Boeing 777 plane, which diverted from its Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing route shortly after takeoff on March 8 last year.Mr Truss told reporters today the photographs of the wreckage are not inconsistent with a Boeing 777 and said it was the most promising lead yet.Mr Truss said authorities are treating the find as a ”very significant development” and investigations are continuing.MH370 speculation :premature: Malaysia Airlines-Malaysia Airlines says it is “premature” to speculate on whether wreckage found in the Indian Ocean is from missing flight MH370, as authorities scrambled to verify the origin of the debris.The two-metre long piece of wreckage, possibly from a wing part known as a flaperon, was found on a beach on the French island of La Reunion.“At the moment, it would be too premature for the airline to speculate (on) the origin of the flaperon,” Malaysia Airlines said in a statement.It said it was working with “relevant authorities to confirm the matter”.Earlier, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said his government had sent a team to examine the find, while also cautioning against jumping to conclusions.The large chunk of debris washed up on the east coast shoreline at Saint Andre on the island, and if it is determined to be from MH370 it will help solve one of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time.A US official says air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that the aircraft debris is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year.The official says investigators - including a Boeing air safety investigator - have identified the component as a “flaperon” from the trailing edge of a 777 wing.The US official spoke on condition they not be named because they aren’t authorised to speak publicly.“This concave shape is indeed common to the 777 flap design,” one long-time Boeing engineer told The Wall Street Journal.-Wing could be MH370-Aviation officials are urgently assessing if a shell-crusted wing flap discovered off the South Indian Ocean country of Reunion Island belongs to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.The large chunk of debris washed up on the east coast shoreline at Saint Andre on the island, and if it is determined to be from MH370 it will help solve one of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time.And a US official says air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year.The official says investigators - including a Boeing air safety investigator - have identified the component as a “flaperon” from the trailing edge of a 777 wing.The US official spoke on condition they not be named because they aren’t authorised to speak publicly.“This concave shape is indeed common to the 777 flap design,” one long-time Boeing engineer told The Wall Street Journal.However, Christian Retournat, a French air force official based on the island, told CNN: “It is way too soon to say whether or not it is MH370. We just found the debris this morning.”Policemen stand next to a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was notified by French officials on Reunion Island late on Wednesday (AEST) of the discovery of what appears to be part of a wing.The ATSB is working with the plane’s manufacturer, Boeing, to identify if it is from MH370.“We’ve received some pictures of the item and we are having them assessed by the manufacturers as to what they may be,” ATSB spokesman Joe Hattley told AAP.“The French authorities have it secured,” Hattley said of the debris. “We’ll work with the French.“First we need to determine what the item is and whether it is part of a Boeing 777 and then if it is part of MH370.”Key to the investigation will be serial numbers on the wreckage.“There’s two numbers you’d be looking for,” he said. “One is a part number. Similar parts on different planes would have a number.“And you’d have a serial number, a specific number to that particular component.“If we can locate a serial number we might be able to match it to a specific air frame.”Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Martin Dolan, who heads the seabed search, said searchers’ drift modelling indicated that debris could have floated to the island from where they believed the missing plane crashed 1800km southwest of Australia.So if the find proved to be part of the missing aircraft, it would still be consistent with the theory that the plane crashed within the 120,000km sq search area.“It doesn’t rule out our current search area if this were associated with MH370,” Dolan told The Associated Press. “It is entirely possible that something could have drifted from our current search area to that island.”“It’s unlikely to change the search plans. It would give us confirmation that there is an aircraft definitely in the Indian Ocean,” he said.Dolan said search resources would be better spent continuing the seabed search with sonar and video for wreckage rather than reviving a surface search for debris if the find proved to be from Flight 370.Confirmation that the wing part was the first trace of Flight 370 ever found would finally disprove theories that the airliner might have disappeared in the northern hemisphere, he said.Dolan said he had seen detailed photographs of the find and “it certainly looks like an aerofoil from a large aircraft.”Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of-Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion.Locals say the piece of plane appears to have been in the water for around a year.French aviation experts were immediately assessing the photographs of the wing flap for any connection to MH370 and early speculation is that it could be the wing of a Boeing 777, the same as MH370.MH370 disappeared after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 8, 2014, bound for Beijing with 239 people aboard.In the 18 months since there have been extensive multinational searches including the Australian-led search off the west coast of Australia that was initiated by computer analysis of “pings” emanating from the plane which appeared to change course in a dead spot of radar activity between Malaysia and Vietnam.There have been other aircraft crashes in the area near Reunion Island, including a twin engine crash in 2006, and an A310 which crashed off the Comoros in 2009.What we know so far and what happens next-What was found-* A composite metal object, believed to be from an aircraft, covered in shells-* It measures 2m long, 1m wide, takes 4-5 people to carry-* It appears to be part of rear of an aircraft wing-* It could be a “flapper”, used as aircraft lands or takes off-Where was it found:* It was discovered by locals on a beach on the Island of La Reunion, French Indian Ocean, about 6000km from current search area-* Find is consistent with the path debris was predicted to flow, away from search zone-* If confirmed, it would also be consistent with theory MH370 crashed within 120,000sq km search area 1800km southwest of Perth-What happens next:* Malaysia has sent team to Reunion to examine the debris-* Authorities, including those in Australia, working with manufacturer Boeing to try to identify it * They are looking for a part number or a serial number; there appears to be an unidentified number - BB670-* This would help confirm type of plane, owner of plane (MH370 was a Boeing 777)-* Expected to take several days to identify and/or confirm if it’s from MH370 or not-MH370-Recap:* MH370 disappeared on the night of March 8, 2014-* Had been heading from Kualu Lumpur to Beijing-* Last contact made as it was travelling over the South China Sea-* Minutes later it veered off its route over waters near Malaysia-* 237 passengers and 12 Malaysian crew on board-* Most where Chinese, also 6 Australian travellers-* Theories about what happened include: the pilot going rogue, a hypoxia event, and even accusations Russia commandeered the plane to Kazakhstan-Search so far:* Australia has led the operation to find MH370 since March 17, 2014-* Some 50,000sq km of sea floor in the southern Indian Ocean has been scanned-* Nothing has been found so far-* About 40pc of the overall search area still to be examined-With agencies.
Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal-By EUOBSERVER
30. Jul, 09:31-Russia Wednesday used its veto power in the UN Security Council to stop the setting up of an international tribunal into last year's downing of flight MH17. Dutch foreign minister Koenders said his country "will not rest until ... justice has been served".
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