Investigators say the piece of debris is unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane.
An air safety investigators – one of them a Boeing investigator – have identified the component as a “flaperon” from the trailing edge of a 777 wing.
A French official close to an investigation also confirmed that French law enforcement is on site to examine the two-metre-long piece of wreckage on Reunion in the western Indian Ocean.
Meanwhile a statement by Chinese relatives of missing MH370 passengers say they will follow the developments, and hope to have an officially verified conclusion as soon as possible. “We don’t ever again want information that is 99% positive information that is given by some officials. We want [the information] to be 100% positive.
“We care more about where our families rather than where the plane’s wreckage is. Did the plane land somewhere in the middle of the flight? No one has ever confirmed that all passengers boarded the plane.
Whether or not the wreckage belongs to MH370, it should not affect the promise given by all parties, which is to not stop or give up the search effort.”