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France combs land, sea, and air of Reunion for more MH370 debris

A French military transport plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Saint-Denis at the start of a search mission along the coast near Saint-Andre on the French Indian Ocean Reunion island August 7, 2015.
A French military transport plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Saint-Denis at the start of a search mission along the coast near Saint-Andre on the French Indian Ocean Reunion island August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

France launched a triple hunt on Friday for more wreckage from the ill-fated MH370 plane off Reunion island, in a fresh bid to shed light on one of aviation's biggest mysteries. 

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French military planes were spotted flying over the island of Reunion on Friday, as part of a new extensive search involving land, sea and air patrols.

The hunt for potential parts linked to missing flight MH370, comes as Malaysian authorities confirmed that a wing section found on the French Indian Ocean island was part of the Boeing 777 that mysteriously vanished 17 months ago.

But investigators in France are yet to confirm the link, causing frustration among the families of victims.

The discovery of a washed-up wing part last week by a beach cleaner has put the island of Reunion under intense scrutiny.

Australian authorities, which are leading the search, expressed renewed confidence that they were looking in the right area.

"The finding of this piece of wing gives us hope that we are searching in the right location, given the tides and currents and drift patterns," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Australian television from Malaysia.

Meanwhile Prime minister Tony Abbot has vowed to continue the search until the mystery of why flight MH370 disappeared is solved. "We owe it to the families of the victims," he said.

On Friday, search efforts were bolstered by the participation of Mauritian authorities. Police officers with the coastguard service scoured Mauritus' indian waters in the lookout for more debris from missing flight MH370.

On March 8 last year, the Boeing 777 travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished from radar. It had 239 people on board, most of them Chinese.

 

 

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