Probable MH 370 debris to be studied in Toulouse

Updated: 2015-07-31 11:13


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Probable MH 370 debris to be studied in Toulouse

French gendarmes and police stand near a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, July 29, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

PARIS - The plane wreckage found on the Reunion Island will be transferred to Toulouse to be analysed by the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA), reported Thursday the newspaper Le Figaro.

The wreckage piece will arrive Saturday in Toulouse, and will be studied by the laboratory specializing in "investigations after accidents", said Le Figaro.

According to the reports, the debris should be quickly identified because each piece is numbered in an airplane.

The plane wreckage was found on the island on Wednesday, announced the Island prefecture on Thursday, saying it's too early to draw conclusion.

"An aircraft debris was found yesterday morning on the coast near the town of Saint-Andre in Reunion. At this stage, the origin of the debris is not identified. No hypothesis can not be excluded,

including being from of a Boeing 777," it said in a statement on Thursday.

France's BEA air crash investigation agency was studying the wreckage, in coordination with Malaysian and Australian experts, it added.

A "closed" suitcase "in very bad condition" was found early in the day in the same place where a plane debris was washed up on French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, local media reported Thursday.

An aviation expert, speaking to IPR agency, said the circulated pictures of the debris which seemed to be a part of the plane wing,

had "incredible similarities between a B777 flaperon (of the missing Boeing)."

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