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MH370: ‘Seat and window parts’ found on Réunion

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.

MH370: 'Seat and window parts' found on Réunion
Police have been scouring the beaches of Réunion since last week. Photo: AFP

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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Two Britons die in mid-air plane crash in French Alps

Two British light aircraft collided mid-air after taking off from an airstrip in the southern French Alps on Wednesday, killing two fliers while a third survived the accident, local authorities said.

Two Britons die in mid-air plane crash in French Alps
The view of Barcelonette in the southern French Alps where the two aircraft took off from. Photo: Akos Hajdu

A pilot and passenger in one of the planes had been declared dead, a statement from the local government office in the village of Digne-les-Bains said, adding that they were aged 37 and 18 and were both British.

The pilot of the second plane, who was also British, survived the crash with light injuries after the collision close to the Italian border.

The aircraft had taken off earlier from the Barcelonnette-Saint-Pons airstrip in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region in southern France (pictured below)..

French emergency services backed by a police helicopter were at the scene, while an investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the accident, the statement added.

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