Investigators have determined that the debris discovered on the French island territory of Reunion originated from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to Malaysia's prime minister.
Najib Razak states that international specialists have “conclusively confirmed” that the component is from the Boeing 777-200ER.
French authorities have yet to disclose fully the details of their analysis of the flaperon section and the reasons behind Razak's declaration.
The aircraft had vanished en route to Beijing on 8 March last year and, until the debris was picked up on Reunion at the end of July, no trace of the twinjet or its 239 occupants had been located.
Razak says that the inquiry now has “physical evidence” that the aircraft crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, where a multinational search has focused its resources.
He says that the government is “committed to do everything within [its] means” to find out the reasons behind the loss.