Wing flap found off of Tanzania in June confirmed to be part of MH370

FILE PHOTO A woman wearing a hat reading "Pray for MH370" cries as she stands outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, Friday, July 29, 2016. Several dozen relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 gathered at the ministry on Friday to hand over a letter of protest amid the recent announcement that the meticulous ocean search operations for the missing flight would soon be suspended. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
FILE PHOTO A woman wearing a hat reading "Pray for MH370" cries as she stands outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, Friday, July 29, 2016. Several dozen relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 gathered at the ministry on Friday to hand over a letter of protest amid the recent announcement that the meticulous ocean search operations for the missing flight would soon be suspended. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

SYDNEY (AP) – A wing flap that washed ashore on an island off Tanzania has been identified as belonging to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The flap was found in June by residents on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania, and officials had previously said it was highly likely to have come from the missing Boeing 777. On Thursday, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said an analysis had confirmed the part was indeed from the missing aircraft.

Several pieces of debris suspected to have come from the plane have washed ashore on coastlines around the Indian Ocean since the aircraft vanished with 239 people on board during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

 

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