Malaysia ‘almost certain’ debris is from a Boeing 777
Malaysian PM Najib Razak made the remarks as speculation mounted that it could be debris from missing MH370
Plane wreckage found in an Indian Ocean island is "very likely from a Boeing 777", Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday, as speculation mounted that it could be debris from missing flight MH370.
"Initial reports suggest that the debris is very likely to be from a Boeing 777, but we need to verify whether it is from flight MH370," Najib said in a statement on his Facebook page.
Earlier on the day, Malaysia's deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said that it was "almost certain" that the debris belongs to a Boeing 777 aircraft.
"It is almost certain that the flaperon is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. Our chief investigator here told me this," Kaprawi said.
No trace has been found of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 which disappeared in March last year carrying 239 passengers and crew from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing, in what has become one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.
Malaysia has sent a team to verify whether the discovered plane debris could be part of missing MH370.
The washing up of the mysterious plane debris on La Reunion prompted swift speculation that it could be part of the missing aircraft.
The two-meter (six-foot) long piece of wreckage, which seemed to be part of a wing, was found by people cleaning up a beach.
French air transport officials have opened a probe into where the wreckage came from.