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Saturday 10 December 2016

Plane debris is confirmed from MH370

French gendarmes and police carry a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, in this picture taken July 29, 2015. The Malaysian Prime Minister said the Boeing 777 barnacle-covered debris, a 2-2.5 metre (6.5-8 feet) wing surface known as a flaperon and discovered in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion was confirmed as coming from missing flight MH370 the first real breakthrough in the search for the plane that disappeared 17 months ago. Picture taken July 29, 2015. REUTERS/Zinfos974/Prisca Bigot/Files
French gendarmes and police carry a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, in this picture taken July 29, 2015. The Malaysian Prime Minister said the Boeing 777 barnacle-covered debris, a 2-2.5 metre (6.5-8 feet) wing surface known as a flaperon and discovered in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion was confirmed as coming from missing flight MH370 the first real breakthrough in the search for the plane that disappeared 17 months ago. Picture taken July 29, 2015. REUTERS/Zinfos974/Prisca Bigot/Files
Jacquita Gomes holds a portrait of her husband Patrick, a flight attendant on the ill fated Flight MH370 (AP)
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, arrives for a special press conference announcing the findings for the ill fated flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Experts have confirmed that the debris found on Reunion Island last week was that of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 that went missing last year, Malaysia's prime minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Experts have confirmed that the debris found on Reunion Island last week was that of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, which went missing last year, Malaysia's prime minister said yesterday.

"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," prime minister Najib Razak told reporters.

The Boeing 777 jetliner disappeared 515 days ago on March 8 while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. It is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean, but the reason remains one of aviation's biggest mysteries.

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The first physical evidence of the aircraft was found on the French territory of Reunion Island in the Indian ocean, thousands of miles from the site near Australia where the plane is believed to have gone down.

"We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on March 24 last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean," the prime minister said.

"The burden and uncertainty faced by the families during this time has been unspeakable. It is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people on board MH370. They have our deepest sympathy and prayers," he said.

In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said the flaperon, part of the plane's wing, found on Reunion Island on July 29 was confirmed to be of Flight 370 by the French agency that investigates air crashes.

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