ST. ANDRE, REUNION ISLAND – The mystery surrounding the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has a couple of new clues, but not what family members have been praying for: part of an airplane and what appears to be a suitcase.
A source close to the investigation says representatives from Boeing are confident the airplane part found on Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar, comes from a Boeing 777 aircraft.
The discovery is about 2,300 miles from the search area west of Australia.
And since that’s the only 777 in the world that’s missing, the discovery points toward flight 370.
Even so, the Australian government wants more information before making that declaration.
But if the debris is from the missing flight, "Well, it will put some of the theories to bed, but there are a lot of very wild theories that have been around, including that it landed in Russia or that it has been sighted in places where -- way beyond the range of -- of its fuel, and et cetera,” noted Warren Truss, Australia’s deputy prime minister.
The source said Boeing investigators think the plane part is from a 777 because of photos they’ve analyzed and because of a number that corresponds to a 777 component.
Sarah Bajc’s partner, Philip Wood, was on the flight. This was news she wanted to know, but didn’t want to hear.
"If ultimately this is the piece of the wing, then that little thread of hope that I have been holding on to will have to break, and reality will have to take over."
MH370 disappeared on in March 2014 with 239 souls aboard on a flight to Beijing. Until now, no confirmed trace of the plane has turned up, making this vanishing act one of history’s biggest aviation mysteries.