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France confirms Réunion debris from missing Malaysia Airlines plane

French police examine the debris from the Malaysia Airlines MH370 in July
French police examine the debris from the Malaysia Airlines MH370 in July Reuters/Zinfos974/Prisca Bigot/Files

French prosecutors have confirmed that a wing fragment that washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion in July belonged to the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 that went missing last year.

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The Boeing 777 disappeared on 8 March last year, inexplicably veering off course en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

The two-metre-long wing fragment was flown to France for tests by aviation experts.

In the statement Thursday prosecutors said investigators discovered three numbers on the wing part and later concluded that one of the figures corresponded to the MH 370 serial number

Malaysian officials said that the part came from the plane shortly after its discovery a month ago.

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