Mar 6, 2016
A third potential piece of wreckage from missing flight MH370 has been recovered on La Reunion island, where the first confirmed fragment, a wing flaperon, was found last July.
The item was also found by Johnny Bègue, who was the foreman of the foreshore cleaning team that came across that component, which was subsequently positively identified as coming from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014.
The find is reported in the subscription section of the La Reunion news service, Clickanoo and may not be visible in all browser set ups at this link. The thumbnail images of the discovery are shown at the bottom of this post.
Like the second potential discovery of MH370 debris on a Mozambique sandbar last week, the panel shows no obvious signs of marine growth or encrustation. It does however look as it if is of similar construction, around the damaged edges of the piece.
There is no word as yet as to any formal inspection of the Mozambique find. Australia has announced that the item is being sent to the ATSB for investigation, and Malaysia has announced it is being sent to Malaysia for investigation.
In international accident investigations under ICAO rules the practice is that the unless it agrees otherwise, the country of registration of a crashed aircraft is responsible for an investigation, although in the case of the La Reunion find, which was in a part of France, the flaperon was examined in a defence laboratory in Toulouse at the direction of the public prosecutor’s office.
At the time of the first La Reunion discovery Malaysia’s transport minister, Liow Tiong Lai, announced that in addition to the flaperon, window frames and luggage had been recovered from the same shores. Those claims proved to be hasty and wrong.
These are the thumbnail images of M Bègue’s latest find.
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