PARIS, 3 AUGUST 2015 – On 29 July 2015, a part from the wing of an aircraft known as flaperon was found on Reunion Island. It is believed to be from a Boeing 777 and may be from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that has been missing since 8 March 2014.
The flaperon was moved to Toulouse, France on 1 August 2015 under the framework of the French judicial investigation led by M. Alain Gaudino, the investigating judge, for further inspection to verify its origins.
According to Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation of 7 December 1944, Malaysia, as the State of Register and State of Operator of the Boeing 777 – MH370, had opened a safety investigation on 8 March 2014. Within this framework, an international safety investigation team has already been set up.
Officials from Malaysia together with officials from the Bureau d’enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (BEA) met with the investigating judge today in a coordination meeting to discuss the inspection and verification procedures ahead of the examination scheduled for Wednesday, 5 August 2015, in Toulouse. It was agreed that the technical examinations would be conducted in the framework of the judicial procedure and of the international technical investigations all together.
It has been an informative and fruitful meeting and Malaysia fully appreciates the cooperation given in this matter. Malaysia and France share the concern and anxiety of all the next-of–kin in determining the origin of the flaperon in hope of ending the 16-month painful wait for determinative news and physical evidence of the missing aircraft flight MH370.
Malaysia also records its appreciation to the Bureau d’enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (BEA) for facilitating the coordination meeting.
In this regard, Malaysia stresses that it will do all that is necessary to assist in the verification process and any subsequent investigations that may be undertaken in France even as Malaysia continues its own investigations into this matter.
DATO’ SRI AZHARUDDIN BIN ABDUL RAHMAN
DIRECTOR GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION MALAYSIA
CHAIRMAN, HIGH-LEVEL TECHNICAL TASK FORCE MH370