Possible MH370 debris found on Reunion Island

A significant development has emerged 16 months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was enroute from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China. Possible debris from the missing aircraft has been discovered on a remote island off the coast of Madagascar.

French authorities have recovered the debris, believed to be a flaperon, on Reunion Island. The object, measuring nine feet in length and three feet in width, is a component of a Boeing 777 aircraft wing that aids in controlling the aircraft’s roll and speed.

Investigations involving American government officials and experts from Boeing have confirmed that no other Boeing 777 aircraft has lost a flaperon. This conclusion is based on comparisons between photographs and videos of both the debris and the aircraft.

A source informed CNN that Boeing engineers identified a part number (10-60754-1133) in the photos of the flaperon. The part supplier confirmed that this number corresponds to a component of a Boeing 777 aircraft.

A luggage possibly from one of MH370's passengers. Photo via Getty Images.

In addition to the flaperon, another piece of debris, a fragment of luggage, was found on the same island. These findings could provide crucial answers to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8, 2014.

For further analysis, the recovered debris will be transported to Toulouse, France. It will be delivered to a military unit near the southwestern city of Toulouse that specializes in analyzing aircraft wreckage.

The laboratory in Toulouse is expected to confirm the actual part number of the flaperon. Once the part number is determined, experts will analyze how the part separated from the wing.

Meanwhile, search operations continue on Reunion Island in the hope of finding more clues about the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The flight, operated by a Boeing 777-200ER in March 2014, had 239 passengers on board.