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Over a year after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared off radar, it seems investigators are finally about to discover what happened.

Debris found last week on the French island of Reunion is indeed from the missing plane, the Malaysian Prime Minister confirmed in a press conference just now.

"The international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370," PM Najib Razak told the press in Malaysia this evening.

"I hope this confirmation will bring comfort to the families of the MH370 passengers… The loss of MH370 marked us as a nation," continued in the emotional address. 

"The burden faced by the families has been unspeakable.The government of Malaysia is committed to do everything within our means to find out the truth of what happened."

French prosecutors are also set to discuss the news in a separate press conference in Toulouse shortly.

The debris – a 1.8m wing flap – was discovered by French cleaner Johnny Begue last week. The wreckage was half covered in sand and has barnacles stuck around its edges, and Mr Begue also came across battered luggage nearby his initial find. 

Aviation experts at the time said it was very similar to a component of a Boeing 777, the same model as MH370.

There is currently only one Boeing 777 missing in the world, and that is MH370, so any 777 wreckage found was very likely to have been from the tragic plane which vanished on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

A comprehensive report earlier this year into the plane's disappearance revealed that the battery of the locator beacon for the plane's flight data recorder had expired more than a year before the jet vanished. 

The Australian government, who had been leading the search for MH370, abandoned their initial air search seven weeks after the plane's disappearance. Crews then began to map parts of the Indian Ocean most likely to contain wreckage. Ships first began exploring the mapped areas last October, but this is the first sign of any debris. 

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A beach cleaner has stumbled upon wreckage which may be part of MH370 – Malaysian Airlines’ missing aircraft.

The Boeing 777 plane vanished from the sky 16 months ago and despite an international search, no trace of it has been found since.

However, it seems that Johnny Begue – in discovering a 1.8metre long wing flap on the shore on the French island of Réunion – has made gone some way in solving the greatest aviation mystery of modern times.

The wreckage was half covered in sand and has barnacles stuck around its edges, and Mr Begue also came across battered luggage nearby his initial find.

Mr Begue manages a team of eight people charged with cleaning up the coastline around the town of Saint-Andre in the east of Indian Ocean territory. 

Réunion itself is located east of Madagascar, some 175km southwest of Mauritius – and also some 5,600km away from the doomed jet's last-known location.

Yesterday morning, Mr Begue spotted the wreckage and with the help of his colleagues he was able to pull it away from the shore so it didn’t get swept out to sea again.

Meanwhile, Malaysian officials have now said they are “almost certain” the wing flap came from a Boeing 777 and aviation investigators are currently heading to the island to verify the findings.

It is expected that they will know whether the wreckage came from MH370 within days.

Locals will furthermore be questioned over the weekend in case they have picked up items – now potentially vital clues – on the beach over the last few months.

Aerial and sea support is likely to come from France, Australia, Malaysia and China, as authorities scramble to collect more debris. 

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

A comprehensive report earlier this year into the plane's disappearance revealed that the battery of the locator beacon for the plane's flight data recorder had expired more than a year before the jet vanished. 

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A new video has been released of the MH17 plane crash.

The video was taken by a traumatised couple who can be seen driving down the road witnessing the wreckage as bodies fall from the sky.

The woman recording the scene on her phone is visibly distressed and she is so disturbed by seeing people’s bodies in the wreckage that she insists they drive away.

The release of the video comes one year after the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down over conflict Ukrainian land.

At one point the man can be heard saying, “Don’t look there, what is all that? A woman was flying or what, I don’t get it.”

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have offered to help the victims’ families return to the area if they so wish to pay their respects.

“We, of course, are ready to provide all possible assistance for relatives who want to come to honour the memory of the loved ones who died,” said Alexander Kofman, the self-declared foreign minister of Donetsk People’s Republic.

However, many family members have refused to visit the area. Although the region is legally part of Ukraine, it is currently controlled by pro-Russian separatists whom many believe are responsible for shooting down the plane.

Militants deny any responsibility. A final report from the ongoing investigation is due in October.   

 

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