Experts in France over suspected MH370 wreckage probe

Paris, Aug 4 (IANS) French and Malaysian aviation experts are slated to meet in Paris for investigation of the wreckage discovered last week and suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The investigation is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Investigators from France and Malaysia earlier met on Monday to coordinate the investigation on the plane wreckage found on Reunion island last week, which was confirmed as a flaperon from a Boeing 777.

The meeting on Wednesday is aimed at outlining terms of judicial cooperation conducted under the aegis of the French justice, as the debris had been found on French territory.

“Malaysia and France share the concern and anxiety of all the next-of-kin in determining the origin of the flaperon,” Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said.

A piece of wreckage, discovered last Wednesday in the Indian Ocean, was officially identified as part of a plane wing known as a flaperon.

Transferred to Toulouse, France, the debris will undergo an examination at the military-run General Directorate of Armaments (DGA).

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Monday that information such as the manufacturing date and serial number will help the experts in the verification process.

China, Malaysia, France, the US and airplane manufacturer Boeing will send representatives to participate in the verification, Liow said.

Some more debris including a suitcase and a metallic object, which was collected earlier on La Reunion Island, have not yet been identified as being related to the missing aircraft.

The debris will be handed over to French authorities for verification, the minister said.

Jean-Paul Troadec, ex-director of France’s civil aviation safety bureau, BEA said “we should not expect miracles from this analysis”.

Generally, experts regard the possibility of locating the crash site based on the movement of ocean currents as highly unlikely.

David Gallo, director of special projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, said the debris cannot help narrow down the search area and it is nearly impossible to locate where the plane crashed with reverse engineering.

Even if the flaperon is identified as part of the missing flight, it would only confirm that MH370 has crashed.

The missing flight, a Boeing 777-200, went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people aboard.

So far, the plane has not been found despite a massive surface and underwater hunt, in what has become one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.



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