Paris: Expectations are high among investigators who are hoping to unlock the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as a piece of plane wreckage found on Reunion Island arrived in Paris on Saturday for official analysis.
Police officers escort an airport vehicle transporting debris that washed up on Reunion Island on July 31. Pic/AFP
The two-metre, barnacle-encrusted chunk of metal wreckage which emerged from the sea on Wednesday has raised hopes of discovering what happened to the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight which mysteriously disappeared from radars on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.
The piece of wreckage — known as a flaperon or wing component — arrived at Paris' Orly earlier in the day on an Air France flight from the island of Reunion.
The flaperon will be taken to the southwestern city of Toulouse to a defence ministry laboratory where it will be analysed this Wednesday, the Paris prosecutor's office said in a statement.
Boeing on Friday said it will dispatch a team to assist in analysing the wreckage and investigators added they are confident the debris is from a 777 aircraft. Boeing engineers have seen a part number — 10-60754-1133 — in photos of the component.
A Boeing parts supplier confirmed the number was on a seal associated with the Boeing 777, a source said.
Images of the debris appear to match schematic drawings for the right-wing flaperon from a 777. Malaysia have also dispatched teams to Toulouse.