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Missing Malaysian Airlines MH 370: Man Claims to Have Found Seat, Suitcase on Reunion Beach

A fiancee (C) of a passenger on AirAsia flight QZ8501 speaks to the media at Singapore's Changi Airport on Sunday. (IANS)

A fiancee (C) of a passenger on AirAsia flight QZ8501 speaks to the media at Singapore’s Changi Airport on Sunday. (IANS)

As search boats are abound in the vicinity of French Reunion island in the Indian Ocean, a man claimed to have found a seat that could have belonged to the missing Malaysian Airlines MH 370 and a suitcase.

However, he was quick to add that he had burnt the suitcase mistaking it for rubbish. Only when the MH 370 search operations descended on the island, did he realize what he had found. “It wasn’t until Wednesday that it hit me what it could have been. It was probably part of that plane,” said the man, identified as Nicolas Ferrier, as quoted by the Sunday Telegraph.

On Friday, a flaporon of Boeing 777 was sent to france for confirmation whether it belonged to MH 370 or not while the frech authorities have confirmed that it was a piece of the Boeing aircraft. The MH 370 with 239 onboard went missing on March 8, 2014.

The missing MH 370 was believed to have veered off course into the Indian Ocean. Currently, the flaporon is under examination at the French military unit near the southwest city of Toulouse with specialists working on deciding whether it belonged to the MH 370 by gleaning at the serial number and other evidence. If it proved that the part was from MH 370, then Malaysia is planning to undertake massive search operations in the area of Reunion Island for more debris and evidence.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai has informed the media that more aviation officials will be sent to France to cooperate with the French investigators. Paris prosecutor François Molins will coordinate the probe, said WSJ in its latest report.

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