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.
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