Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. official says air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year.

The official says investigators – including a Boeing air safety investigator – have identified the component as a “flaperon” from the trailing edge of a 777 wing.

A French official close to the investigation confirmed Wednesday that French law enforcement is on site to examine a piece of airplane wing found on the French island of Reunion, in the western Indian Ocean.

The U.S. and French officials spoke on condition that they not be named because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly.

SYDNEY (AP) – A sea-crusted wing part found on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 last year, on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

There were 239 on board. Air safety investigators have identified the plane part found on the French island of Reunion as a “flaperon” from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing.

The Malaysia flight is the only Boeing 777 known to be missing.

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