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Plane debris arrives in France for MH370 link investigation

© Richard Bouhet, AFP | A vehicle transporting what is believed to be debris from a Boeing 777 plane that washed up on the Reunion Island, enters a defence ministry laboratory (DGA TA) in Toulouse, France, on August 1, 2015

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-08-02

A wing flap that experts believe could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 arrived Saturday at a French military testing facility in Toulouse, where it will be analysed by investigation teams.

A truck brought the roughly 8-foot (2.44-metre) component known as a flaperon to the DGA TA aeronautical testing site near Toulouse on Saturday, accompanied by police motorcycles and a police car.

French aviation experts will try to establish whether the wreckage that was found on the Indian Ocean island Reunion comes from the Boeing 777 which disappeared on March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

The experts, including a legal expert, will start their inquiry on Wednesday, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

On Monday, an investigating judge will meet with Malaysian authorities and representatives of the French aviation investigative agency, known as the BEA, according to a statement released late Friday.

Boeing team to help analyse wing part

More than a year after Flight MH370 disappeared, a plane part washed up on Wednesday in Réunion, a French island located near Madagascar. Aviation officials increasingly believe the flaperon belonged to the fated Malaysian Airlines jet.

A Malaysian official on Friday said the serial number on the debris confirmed it came from a Boeing 777, the plane model of the MH370 flight.

Boeing said it would dispatch a technical team to France to help analyse the wing part, with the goal of finding the wreckage and determine the reason it disappeared.

Parts of a brown suitcase also found near the wing part in Réunion would also be analysed by a police laboratory in Paris, according to French judicial sources.

French and Malaysian investigators are set to hold a meeting in Paris on Monday as part of the deepening probe.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2015-08-01

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