Further analysis of flaperon could yield vital information on MH370: Malaysia

Officers carrying a flaperon from an aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island, France on July 29, 2015.
Officers carrying a flaperon from an aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island, France on July 29, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

KUALA TERENGGANU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has urged experts to further analyse a plane part found and provide the MH370 search team with more details following the formal identification by France of the part found on Reunion Island.

He said the flaperon could be analysed to gather more information such as the whereabouts of other pieces of wreckage.

"Such information will assist the Search Strategy Working Group which is conducting the search, to move forward," he told reporters after officiating the 2015 Terengganu MCA Convention on Friday.

Liow further expressed his thanks to French authorities who had confirmed the findings of the Malaysian team in Toulouse about a month ago.

"It has also been a trying time for the family members and the loved ones of the MH370 victims and the nation is with you," he said, adding that the government, together with China and Australia, is committed to continuing with the search mission.

A French prosecutor said on Thursday that a technician from Airbus Defence and Space (ADS-SAU) in Spain, which made the part for Boeing, had formally identified one of three numbers found on the flaperon as being the serial number of the MH370 Boeing 777.

"It is therefore possible to confirm with certainty that the flaperon found on Reunion island on July 29, 2015 corresponds to the one from flight MH370," the prosecutor said in a statement.