Saturday 19 August 2017

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Suitcase found on Reunion Island near where plane debris recovered

The suitcase reportedly found at Saint-André, Reunion Island. Photo: Antoine Forestier/ ‏@a_forestier
The suitcase reportedly found at Saint-André, Reunion Island. Photo: Antoine Forestier/ ‏@a_forestier
Police and gendarmes carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion
Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YANNICK PITOUYANNICK PITOU/AFP/Getty Images
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Remnants of a badly damaged suitcase have reportedly been found close to where suspected plane debris from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have been found.

Journalist ​Julien Delarue, who works for Journal de L'île de la Réunion on Reunion Island, reported on Twitter that what appears to be a suitcase has been found at Saint-André.

Debris believed to be from an airplane is being examined by a experts in a bid to determine whether it is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

CNN are reporting that the debris was found off the coast of Le Reunion, an island in the Western Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.

It is currently being examined to see if it is connected to the missing Flight 370. CNN have attributed this report to a member of the French Air Force on location in Reunion.

Read more here: Plane search team finds shipwreck 

A policeman and a gendarme stand next to a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YANNICK PITONYANNICK PITON/AFP/Getty Images
A policeman and a gendarme stand next to a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YANNICK PITONYANNICK PITON/AFP/Getty Images

The debris was spotted off the coast of St Andrea, a small community on the island which is one of the overseas departments of France.

It's reported that a part, believed to be from a Boeing 777 - the same plane as missing MH370. It's believed to be a wing.

Images posted on Twitter shows the part is rusting and has barnacles growing on it.

"It is way too soon to say whether or not it is MH370. We just found the debris this morning in the coast of Saint Andre," Adjutant Christian Retournat told CNN.

No trace has been found of the Boeing 777 aircraft, which disappeared in March 2014 carrying 239 passengers and crew, in what has become one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.

MH370 vanished from radar screens shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing, early on March 8. Investigators believe it was flown thousands of miles off course before eventually crashing into the Indian Ocean.

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