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A piece of wreckage that washed up on an island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777 -- the same type of aircraft as the long-missing MH370, Malaysian authorities said Sunday.

France and the United States identified the flaperon found on a Reunion Island beach as one from that particular type of Boeing, Malaysia's transportation ministry said. A flaperon is part of an aircraft's wing that helps control its speed and banking angle.

Experts will determine whether the debris found on the French territory of Reunion Island last week is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The jetliner vanished on March 8, 2014 after leaving Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for Beijing. It had 239 people on board.

Work to conclusively identify the piece of wreckage and determine if it is from the missing plane will begin Wednesday, French prosecutors said.

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Teams in Reunion are scouring the stretch of coast where the debris was found, and a "metal object of interest" related to the search was discovered Sunday morning on the beach in St. Denis, Reunion Island's capital, a local government official said.

The official declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the

SYDNEY: Australian MH370 search chiefs on Friday played down any link between part of a bag discovered on the French island of La Reunion and the downed flight.

The suitcase was found Thursday not far from plane wreckage which fuelled speculation it may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, which vanished last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

But Martin Dolan, head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) which is leading the hunt for the

On 29 July 2015, Malaysia introduced a draft resolution before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), calling for the establishment of an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The initiative was made on behalf of five countries participating in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the downing of MH17, i.e. Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine.

The draft resolution was introduced by YB Dato’

PETALING JAYA: Australia says the location of a piece of wreckage found on La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, is consistent with modelling that the flight of Malaysia Airlines MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

"In the event that the wreckage is identified as being from MH 370 on La Reunion Island, it would be consistent with other analysis and modelling that the resting place of the aircraft is in the southern Indian Ocean," said Australia's Joint Agency

Debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is to be transported to France to find out whether it is from the missing flight MH370, Malaysia's prime minister has said.

Initial reports suggest the 2m-long object is very likely to be from a Boeing 777, Najib Razak said.

The Malaysia Airlines flight - a Boeing 777 - vanished while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.

The search has focused on part of the southern Indian Ocean east of Reunion.

Oceanographer David

UNITED NATIONS, United States: Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution Wednesday that sought to set up a special tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Eleven of the 15 members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution, which had been drafted by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.

Russia exercised its veto. Angola, China and Venezuela abstained. The Council session began with a moment’s silence in

UNITED NATIONS: Malaysia has sent a team to Reunion Island off the east coast of Africa to determine whether washed-up debris may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean last year.

"I have sent a team to verify the wreckage ... we hope that it can identify (the wreckage) as soon as possible," said Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai Wednesday during a visit to the United Nations in New York.

Eric Chesneau, an officer in the air transport

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