KUALA LUMPUR – The process of verifying whether an aircraft flaperon recovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from the Malaysia Airlines missing flight MH370 will begin in Toulouse, France, on Wednesday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said today.
He said the verification process would be undertaken by experts from Malaysia, China, the United States and France as well as the Boeing company.
“We will make an announcement once the verification process has been completed,” he told reporters after opening Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Bukit Serdang here.
Liow advised all quarters to refrain from making any kind of speculation on the recovered debris washed ashore on Reunion Island, saying it would put pressure on the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew and the public who wanted to know more about the find.
“As far as we know, the flaperon found last Wednesday is confirmed to be from a Boeing 777, but it is still too early to conclude that it came from Flight MH370. The same goes for the other objects recovered subsequently,” he said.
Liow also said that efforts had been made to get the people in the vicinity of the find to report to the authorities if they came across debris that resembled aircraft parts.
This step was taken following reports that an inhabitant of the island had found in May what was claimed to be an aircraft seat and that he had disposed it not knowing about the missing aircraft, he said.
Flight MH370 went off radar on March 8 as it was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew.
“Its a global effort … we also informed authorities in many localities, including Sumatra Island, to ask the people to report anything they found that resembled aircraft debris,” he said.
Liow also said that Malaysia would hold discussions with China and Australia on the next move in the search for the missing aircraft.
The majority of the passengers on MH370 were Chinese and Australia had played a major role in the search for the aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean. – BERNAMA