Debris was found on Wednesday off the coast of Reunion, a French department in the western Indian Ocean. It is being examined to determine whether it is connected to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, according to a member of the French air force in Reunion.
The discovery of debris is “a very significant development” in the search for the missing Flight 370, but it’s too soon to say whether it’s part of the missing aircraft, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said Thursday.
Authorities are treating it as “a major lead,” Truss told reporters.
The passenger jet, a Boeing 777, vanished en route to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard.
So far, no confirmed trace of it has been found, making it one of history’s biggest aviation mysteries and leaving many relatives of passengers and crew members feeling trapped in uncertainty about the fate of their loved ones.
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