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    MH370: A Baffling Mystery Solved? (25)

    Australian authorities believe there is "high probability" that the debris found on La Reunion Island comes from the disappeared Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane, a spokesman for Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said as quoted by ABC News.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A French prosecutor also said as quoted by ABC that there was a "very high probability" that the wreckage was from the Boeing 777 plane, but more confirmation was still required.

    Earlier, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that a team of experts had concluded that the debris that washed ashore on Reunion was from MH370. Razak said on Wednesday that the wreckage is "physical evidence" proving that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean last year.

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared from radar screens on March 8, 2014, less than an hour after takeoff. There were 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.

    Based on an analysis of aircraft performance data, experts suspected that the plane crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

    The Australian government’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) has been leading the MH370 search operation.

    Last week, a flaperon, the movable part of a plane’s wing that is lowered or raised to control the angle of the aircraft, was found on the French La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

    The wing fragment was sent to Toulouse, France to be investigated further by French and Malaysian experts.

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