‘Flaperon’ Belongs to MH 370, says Malaysia but France, Australia Reluctant to Confirm

Puri: Renowned Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik's creation at Puri beach asks `Where is  (Malaysian plane) MH370 ?` an year after the mysterious disappearance of the aeroplane on March 8, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

Puri: Renowned Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik’s creation at Puri beach asks `Where is (Malaysian plane) MH370 ?` an year after the mysterious disappearance of the aeroplane on March 8, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

The wreckage part flaperon found on the French island of Reunion in Indian Ocean last week belongs to the missing Malaysian flight MH370 that has kept the world most engaged on finding its whereabouts for months after its disappearance on March 8, 2014.

Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday the findings of a French military unit’s authentication of the wing flaperon with the missing flight, ending almost 15 months of speculation and uncertainty of the passengers’ lives.

However, France and the US are still cautious to confirm the end of 515-day search operations which have gripped the world alike from the US, India, Vietnam to Australia.

“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 MH370,” Razak told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Now the search boats are active in the vicinity of Reunion Island for other wreckage and so far a blue seat was found in addition to the flaperon, but confirmation is still awaited.

The Australian government said in a statement that “based on high probability, it is MH370.” However, Australia said the finding will not halt its sonar search undertaken in the 120,000-square-kilometer range of seabed at a distance of more than 4,000 kilometers east of Reunion Island. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Melbourne Radio 3AW, “Let’s hope we can turn something up.”

However, France is wary to confirm it either. French Deputy Prosecutor Serge Mackowiak was half-way to confirm saying, “The very strong conjectures are to be confirmed by complementary analysis that will begin tomorrow morning. The experts are conducting their work as fast as they can in order to give complete and reliable information as quickly as possible.”

The confusion still lingers as Malaysia is kieen to end the disappearance theory while Australia which has been allocated massive funds for the search operations is not willing to call off the search and France is caught mid-way over the repercussions of its revelation as it may divert the entire search to the other coast.

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