French authorities have confirmed a Boeing 777 wing part found on an island in the Indian Ocean is from missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370.
The announcement came after a month of forensic analysis on the 6 foot long, barnacle covered part found on the island of La Reunion.
Aircraft accident investigators matched a serial number on the wing part found on July 29th, to parts used in the plane’s manufacturer, which were confirmed by a technician from Airbus Defense, which had made the parts.
In a statement French investigators said “It is now possible to state with certainty that the flaperon found on July 29, 2015 corresponds to the flight MH370,” French investigators said in a statement about the first confirmed piece of wreckage from the flight, which went missing on March 8, 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board during a scheduled flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.
When the part was first discovered Malaysian authorities said it was linked to MH370 but French authorities wanted to be sure and sent it for forensic analysis conducted at a military laboratory near Toulouse, France