The Slatest

First Debris of Malaysia Airlines MH370 Thought to Be Found 3,000 Miles From Disappearance

Investigators believe they may have found debris from Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which vanished in March 2014, on the small island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, more than 3,000 miles from the plane’s last known location. A piece of debris washed up on the French island that American investigators believe is from a Boeing 777, the same type of plane as MH370; there are no other 777s known to be missing.

The American officials’ assessment is based on photographic and video evidence and French authorities are working to confirm that the debris, which appeared to be a 9-foot by 3-foot wing flap, according to the New York Times, is the first sign of MH370 since it departed from its original flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and vansished over the South China Sea. An aviation expert told Agence France-Presse a reference code on the discovered wreckage should make it possible to clearly identify whether the debris is from MH370 within days.