MH370 search: Officials confirm beach debris is from a Boeing 777

MH370 is the only missing Boeing 777 in the world

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Malaysian authorities have confirmed that aeroplane debris found on a beach on the French territory of Reunion is from the same aircraft model as the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Malaysian Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said testing in France had made the link with a recently-discovered flaperon from an airplane wing.

The news comes as reports from the island in the Indian Ocean that a plane door has also been found on a nearby beach, the second suspected piece of MH370 debris to be found on the island.

The Minister tweeted: "The flaperon is officially identified as being part of a Boeing 777. This is verified by French authorities together with manufacturer Boeing.

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"If more debris can be found it will aid the experts in the substantive analysis of what happened to the missing plane MH370."

Liow Tiong Lai also confirmed that Malaysian officials are in contact with several aviation authorities in territories within the vicinity of Reunion Island to help with the search for debris.

The missing aeroplane was carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 when it vanished.

It is understood to be the only missing Boeing 777 in the world.

Aviation experts at a military base near Toulouse, France, have been trying to establish whether the pieces of wreckage are from MH370.

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