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    You can write a book about any random theory. There's no convincing evidence to back up any of them, let alone proof. I don't think we'll ever know what happened unless the plane was hijacked to some Middle Eastern haven of calm, tolerance and democracy and hidden until required for some "peaceful" purpose.
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    Wreckage found near Reunion Island off east coast of Africa. Looks promising.

    A French aviation expert believes he may have found the wreckage of MH370 – the Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared off the coast of Malaysia in March 2014.
    Xavier Tytelman, a former military pilot who now specialises in aviation security, was contacted on Wednesday morning by a man living on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. The man sent Mr Tytelman a series of photos showing wreckage of a plane, which the Frenchman said could possibly be the missing jet.

    "I've been studying hundreds of photos and speaking to colleagues," Mr Tytelman told The Telegraph. "And we all think it is likely that the wing is that of a Boeing 777 – the same plane as MH370.
    "Police in Reunion examining the wreckage say that it looks like it's been in the water for around a year, which again would fit with MH370. We can't say for certainty, but we do think there is a chance that this is it."

    The plane vanished with 239 people on board in circumstances which have baffled investigators, and left distraught families searching for answers.
    Wild theories emerged about the plane: that it had landed in Diego Garcia, or flown on to North Korea.
    But Mr Tytelman believes that the Indian Ocean location makes sense for wreckage of the plane to have washed up.
    "The French police are now looking at it, and the Australians – who are in charge of the search – are interested too," he said. "We don't know how long it will take to get confirmation or a definite denial. But it's an intriguing development."
    Writing on his blog, Mr Tytelman said that the photos of the wreckage had aroused significant interest on the AvGeek website – a closed forum for pilots.
    He said that there was much discussion over a code part of the wreckage: BB670.
    "The code is not that of a plane number plate, nor that or a serial number on machinery," he wrote.
    "But if the flaperon does indeed belong to MH370, it's clear that the reference will be swiftly identified. In a few days we will have a definitive answer."

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    I've read that Boeing has said that the part belongs to a 777.
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    Well, finally these families will have a little peace. Maybe not much, because I'm guessing they'll have a really hard time actually figuring out what happened or where the plane went down.

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    The Aussie Govt is still spending millions conducting a search in the Indian Ocean and in over a year this is the first piece of real evidence which has drifted from somewhere and luckily was discovered in Reunion, a place where currents would eventually take it. The plane obviously crashed and we will never know where. I hope this helps grieving relatives find some closure and peace although I suspect many of them have by now accepted the likely truth.
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    From the press conference I just watched today, sounds like they are really sure: the wing flap part that washed up on Reunion is from MH-370.

    The one hopeful note I heard: apparently, it may be possible that analysis of the barnacles with which the part is encrusted will help pinpoint where it drifted from.

    Seems like amazing luck that the part happened to come ashore on an inhabited island.
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    MH370: Reunion debris is from missing Malaysia flight - BBC News

    MH370: Reunion debris is from missing Malaysia flight

    • 1 hour ago
    • From the section Asia



    Media caption Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the wreckage is from MH370

    Part of the aircraft wing found on Reunion Island is from the missing MH370 plane, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has confirmed.

    Mr Najib said international experts examining the debris in France had "conclusively confirmed" it was from the aircraft.

    The Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people veered off course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.

    The debris was found on the remote French Indian Ocean island a week ago.

    The plane is believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean - though no evidence had been found despite a massive search operation.

    "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 [...] is indeed MH370," Mr Najib told reporters.

    "We now have physical evidence that [...] flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean," he added.

    Mr Najib said he hoped the discovery "will at least bring certainty to the families" of the victims, saying the burden they had faced was "unspeakable".

    'Very strong indications'

    French prosecutor Serge Mackowiak later confirmed the wing fragment, known as a flaperon, was from a Boeing 777 - the same make and model as the missing Malaysian airliner.

    He said initial tests showed there were "very strong indications" that it was from flight MH370. But he said confirmation would only come after further tests on the fragment, which would begin on Thursday.

    "[Investigators] will try to do it as soon as possible in order to provide total and reliable information to the family of victims, who are on our minds at the moment," Mr Mackowiak added.

    Analysis: Hugh Schofield, BBC News, Paris



    The debris was found last week on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion The Paris prosecutor failed to be as categorical as the Malaysian prime minister in asserting that the wing piece does come from MH370. All he said was that there are very strong reasons to presume that it is from the missing plane.

    That does not mean that the prosecutor has any reason to doubt the prime minister's conclusion - simply that he is exercising supreme legal caution.

    In the coming days there will be more tests on the flaperon and it's expected that these will prove the piece's origin. After that, it will probably be many months before deeper analysis allows any tentative deductions about how the plane may have come down.

    The debris is being examined at an aeronautical test centre near Toulouse.

    There is little doubt now that the flaperon will be declared the first evidence of MH370 in the coming days as no other Boeing 777s are thought to have crashed in the region.

    'It's not over yet'

    Relatives of the victims were told about the initial results shortly before Mr Najib's news conference on Wednesday.

    Jackqita Gomes, the wife of crew member Patrick Gomes, said: "Now that they have confirmed it as MH370, I know my husband is no longer of this world but they just can't leave it with this one flaperon."

    "We urge them to continue searching until they find the plane and bring it back," she told reporters. "It's not over yet."

    She said she still hoped to get her husband's body back so that the family can give him a proper burial and say goodbye.

    Malaysia Airlines described confirmation of the flaperon as "a major breakthrough".

    In a statement, it said it hoped further evidence would be found in the coming days that would "help resolve this mystery".

    Simulation of where debris in search area could end up



    MH370: Reunion debris is from missing Malaysia flight - BBC News

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    If this gives some kind of closure to grieving families that's good. But we will NEVER know where that plane went down or why and even if we did it's likely totally inaccessible and the people on board are still dead. Let them RIP and stop wasting millions of dollars searching for them. Add this to the long list of unsolved mysteries and move on.
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