Malaysia confident flaperon belongs to MH370 as maintenance seal matches MAS records: Liow

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris on the island of La Reunion on July 29, 2015.
French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris on the island of La Reunion on July 29, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A maintenance seal on the flaperon found on Reunion Island matches Malaysia Airlines (MAS) records, and this is reason why Malaysia is confident the part is from MH370 said Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.

"This conclusion was reached as the technical details of the flaperon matched MAS records," he said.

Datuk Seri Liow said the Malaysian investigators, in France, including members of the Department of Civil Aviation and MAS were in agreement.

He added they also recognised the colour on the flaperon.

Mr Liow said they respected the French decision to continue the verification process.

He pointed out the Island was French territory and they had the right to continue their investigation.

Mr Liow said other plane debris had been recovered and the process to determine if it from MH370 is underway.

He said Malaysia will leave it to experts to advise on whether the search area needed to be revised.

He said a decision would be made during a tripartite ministerial meeting between Australia, Malaysia And China.

Mr Liow added the recovery of the physical evidence brings us closer to the truth.