MH370 found? Debris washed ashore island near Madagascar may lead to new search regions

Although the discovery debris on Réunion Island may not be able to pinpoint the exact location of the crash site, it may lead to new search regions in the vast Indian and Southern Oceans.

    2015/08/03

NSFW    RÉUNION ISLAND — Debris that has washed ashore onto an island east of Madagascar is believed to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which has been lost at sea to the west of Australia since March 2014.

Debris washed ashore onto Réunion Island around 4,000 kilometres from the search site on July 29.

Malaysia's Transportation Ministry released a statement on Sunday saying that the airplane part found on Réunion Island was a part of the wing known as the flaperon and was part of a Boeing 777 aircraft, the same model as Flight MH370, according to The New York Times.

Authorities say that counter-clockwise near-surface circulation in the southern Indian Ocean may have carried the debris northward toward the equator. Debris could then join the South Equatorial current moving westward toward the Mozambique current near Réunion island.

If the debris indeed does belong to MH370, numerical ocean circulation models could be able to retrace the origin of the crash site and could suggest new regions of the ocean to focus on.

The debris has been taken to France and investigators from Malaysia, France, China and Boeing are expected to begin verification on Wednesday, according to The New York Times.
French authorities carrying the debris away from Reunion Island. EPA
French authorities carrying the debris away from Reunion Island. EPA
Authorities continue to search for debris on Reunion Island. JULIEN DELARUE
Authorities continue to search for debris on Reunion Island. JULIEN DELARUE
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