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MH370: 'Seat and window parts' found on Réunion

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MH370: 'Seat and window parts' found on Réunion
Police have been scouring the beaches of Réunion since last week. Photo: AFP
10:54 CEST+02:00
Seat cushions and window panes have been found on the French island of Réunion, according to a Malaysian minister. The unconfirmed report comes days after a wing part from the missing MH370 flight was washed up on the island.

Aircraft seat cushions and window panes have been found on the Indian Ocean island where wreckage from MH370 was recovered, Malaysia's transport minister said on Thursday.

"We have also found debris like window panes, aluminium foil and seat cushions," Liow Tiong Lai told AFP.

He later specified he was referring to aircraft seats and windows. 


(Police investigate a piece of debris on a Réunion beach. Photo: AFP)

French authorities are yet to confirm the new findings and news agency AFP quoted a legal source close to the French probe into the crash, that investigators had no new plane debris in their possession.

Reports of the wreckage come one day after the Malaysian prime minister confirmed that the flaperon - a part of an aircraft's wing that washed up on the shore of the island last week - was from the missing flight MH370.

 
French prosecutors were more cautious in their initial findings on Wednesday than Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, saying only that there was a "very high probability" that the wing part was from the Malaysian Airlines flight. 
   
But they confirmed the part was from a Boeing 777, of the type that vanished without trace on March 8, 2014, after veering off course while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
 

(Locals have joined the hunt for more potential plane parts. Photo: AFP)   
 
The disappearance of the plane, which had 239 people on board, sparked a colossal, multinational sweep of the seas for wreckage, and a myriad of conspiracy theories about its fate.
   
France has a legal involvement in the investigation because it lost four citizens in the incident.
 
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