The airplane fragment that washed up on an island last week was a piece of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Malaysian prime minister confirmed Wednesday — the first definitive physical clue to the greatest mystery in modern aviation, NBC News reported.
The fragment — a 6-foot-long, barnacle-encrusted wing flap — was discovered by a crew cleaning the beach on Reunion Island, a French territory in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of Africa.
Investigators had analyzed the wing fragment, known as a flaperon, at a laboratory in Toulouse, France. In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said that the confirmation of the wing fragment was reached jointly by French, Malaysian and Australian investigators.
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Flight MH370 vanished with with 239 people on board after veering far off its set northerly course from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing.