Malaysian PM confirms plane debris is from MH370

Malaysian PM confirms plane debris is from MH370

Malaysia’s Prime Minister has announced a piece of debris that washed up on an island in the Indian Ocean, has been confirmed as part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The part of a plane wing was found on the French Reunion Island last week, and taken to France for investigations.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has held a press conference early this morning, saying a team of international experts have conclusively confirmed the part of the wing debris is in fact from MH370.

“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370,” Mr Najib said.

He says there is now evidence of what was announced last year, that the plane did crash in the southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people on board.

“We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

Deputy Paris prosecutor Serge Mackowiak said further analysis will be undertaken to further confirm the findings, including on a fragments of suitcase that washed up on Reunion Island around the same time.

Mr Najib says the Malaysian government will not rest until it has more answers for the victims’ families.

“I would like to assure all those affected by this tragedy that the government of Malaysia is committed to do everything within our means to find out the truth of what happened,” he said.

“MH370’s disappearance marked us as a nation. We mourn with you, as a nation.”

The Malaysian government has now asked other authorities in the area to continue searching for any more pieces of debris that may have washed up in the same region.

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