Malaysia on Sunday (2 August 2015) urged authorities in the Indian Ocean to be on alert for any further plane debris that may wash ashore, after a wing part was found last week on Reunion Island.
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai also confirmed in a statement that the part found on Wednesday on the French island had been “officially identified” as from a Boeing 777 -- making it virtually certain that it was from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, AFP reported.
“Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation is reaching out to several aviation authorities in territories within the vicinity of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean,” Liow said.
“This is to allow the experts to conduct more substantive analysis should there be more debris coming on to land, providing us more clues to the missing aircraft.”
The plane disappeared in March last year with 239 people aboard and is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, but no confirmed proof has ever been found.
No other Boeing 777 has ever crashed in that part of the world.