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Agonising wait for MH370 families as plane wreckage analysed

By Staff Reporter

Published 01/08/2015

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015. The two-metre-long debris, which appears to be a piece of a wing, was found by employees of an association cleaning the area and handed over to the air transport brigade of the French gendarmerie (BGTA), who have opened an investigation. An air safety expert did not exclude it could be a part of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YANNICK PITONYANNICK PITON/AFP/Getty Images
Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015. The two-metre-long debris, which appears to be a piece of a wing, was found by employees of an association cleaning the area and handed over to the air transport brigade of the French gendarmerie (BGTA), who have opened an investigation. An air safety expert did not exclude it could be a part of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YANNICK PITONYANNICK PITON/AFP/Getty Images

Investigators are working to identify whether a wing part washed up on an Indian Ocean island came from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Loved ones of those on board will likely have to wait at least another day for confirmation.

Several officials have expressed confidence that the debris found on the French island of Reunion is from a Boeing 777.

However, French authorities are planning to send the piece for analysis before confirming it came from the missing Malaysian aircraft.

Officials, keenly aware families are desperately awaiting word on the fate of their loved ones, hope to have answers within days.

Australian transport minister Waren Truss said: "The most important part of this whole exercise at the moment is to give some kind of closure to the families."

Australia is leading the search for the plane in a desolate stretch of ocean off the country's west coast.

Even if the piece is confirmed to be the first wreckage from Flight 370, there is no guarantee investigators can find the plane's vital black box recorders or other debris.

Air safety investigators, including one from Boeing, have identified the component as a "flaperon."

It is believed to be from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a US official said.

Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, is the only missing 777.

The part is due in France today for analysis.

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