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Over a year ago, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 8, 2014, headed for Beijing with 239 people aboard.
There’s been no sign of the plane since then, until last week, when a piece of a wing flap was found on Reunion Island, off the coast of Madagascar. Since Reunion Island is a French territory, the part was taken to the DGA TA aeronautical testing site near Toulouse, southern France, on Saturday.
Today, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed in a press conference that the component had indeed come from the missing Boeing 777. It’s the first piece of physical evidence recovered from the Malaysian jetliner since it disappeared nearly 17 months ago.
The prime minister’s announcement was released shortly before the news conference began, by wire and Facebook.
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