Probable MH370 debris to be studied in Toulouse

Paris, July 31 (IANS) The plane wreckage found on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean will be transferred to Toulouse, France, to be analysed by the General Directorate of Armaments, a media report said on Friday.

The wreckage will arrive on Saturday in Toulouse, and will be studied by the laboratory specializing in “investigations after accidents”, Xinhua reported, citing the newspaper Le Figaro.

The debris should be quickly identified because each piece is numbered in an airplane, the newspaper said.

The plane wreckage was found on the island on Wednesday, the island prefecture announced on Thursday.

“An aircraft debris was found yesterday (Thursday) morning on the coast near the town of Saint-Andre in Reunion. At this stage, the origin of the debris is not identified. No hypothesis can be excluded,” it said.

France’s BEA air crash investigation agency was studying the wreckage, in coordination with Malaysian and Australian experts, the report added.

An aviation expert said the circulated pictures of the debris is consistent in appearance with a Boeing 777’s flaperon, a wing component unique to that type of aircraft.

The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people onboard (including 227 passengers and 12 crew members), vanished on March 8, 2014.

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

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