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Wing part arrives in Paris for MH370 link investigation

PARIS: The wing part from a Boeing 777 that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived in Paris Saturday to be handed over to investigators looking for a possible link with missing flight MH370.

Paris’ Orly airport website confirmed the Air France flight transporting the piece of wreckage landed at 6.17 am local time (0413 GMT). A police escort will accompany the part on its journey by road to a defence ministry laboratory near the southwestern city of Toulouse, where experts will begin their analysis on Wednesday.

Moving close to solving MH370 mystery: Malaysia

Investigators are “moving close to solving the mystery of MH370,” Malaysia’s deputy transport minister said on Friday in Kuala Lumpur, adding that a piece of wreckage found in the Indian Ocean has been confirmed as coming from a Boeing 777.

“I believe that we are moving close to solving the mystery of MH370. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean”, Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said.

He said a part number stencilled on the piece of wreckage recovered on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion on Wednesday confirms it came from a Boeing 777.

The ill-fated jet, which vanished 16 months ago with 239 people aboard, was a Boeing 777.

Investigators believe it mysteriously diverted off its flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March of last year and later crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. There have been no other crashes of that aircraft model in that part of the world.

“From the part number, it is confirmed that it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. This information is from MAS (Malaysia Airlines). They have informed me,” he said.The wing component found on the French island of La Reunion bears the part number “657 BB”, according to photos of the debris.

The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage, known as a flaperon, has been sent to France for analysis.

Abdul Aziz’s remarks are the latest official statement pointing to the increasingly likelihood that the piece of wreckage came from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

Hopes are rising fast that the part can soon be conclusively identified in order to resolve one of aviation’s great mysteries.

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