The airplane fragment that washed up on an island last week was a piece of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Malaysian prime minister confirmed Wednesday — the first definitive physical clue to the greatest mystery in modern aviation, NBC News reported.
The fragment — a 6-foot-long, barnacle-encrusted wing flap — was discovered by a crew cleaning the beach on Reunion Island, a French territory in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of Africa.
Investigators had analyzed the wing fragment, known as a flaperon, at a laboratory in Toulouse, France. In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said that the confirmation of the wing fragment was reached jointly by French, Malaysian and Australian investigators.
Flight MH370 vanished with with 239 people on board after veering far off its set northerly course from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing.