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Aircraft Debris Found in Indian Ocean Possibly Those of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Investigators are looking into connection between aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

An unidentified piece of aircraft discovered near Reunion Island could hold a clue to the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. CNN reports the piece was found floating in the water near the northeast part of the island.

ABC News noted the piece appeared to be two meters long and one meter wide, but contained no visible identifying markers of the Boeing 777-200ER or Malaysia Airlines. An unidentified official with the French Air Force told CNN the debris appears to be part of a wing flap. The aircraft part has been recovered by island police authorities and will be analyzed in the coming days to see if it may have belonged to the missing aircraft.

The source of the mysterious piece has opened up speculation from aviation experts along the world. While some believe the part could be from the missing aircraft, others are cautious to express optimism over the find.

“If it is a 777 part, it’s most likely from MH370,” Tom Haueter, a former NTSB official, told ABC News. “We’ve had so many starts and stops on this investigation, you hate to get excited.”

In a statement to AFP, Boeing expressed their continued support in finding out what happened to MH370. “We continue to share our technical expertise and analysis,” the statement read. “Our goal, along with the entire global aviation industry, continues to be not only to find the airplane, but also to determine what happened –- and why.”

MH 370 went missing in March 2014, during a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). At the beginning of 2015, the Malaysian government officially declared the disappearance of the aircraft an “accident,” presuming all 239 people aboard the aircraft killed.

[Photo: Getty Images via CNN]

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