Plane debris arrives at French lab for testing

  • 02/08/2015

A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analysed by experts.

A truck carrying the component arrived at the DGA TA aeronautical testing site near Toulouse, accompanied by police motorcycles and a police car, Associated Press reports.

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, including six Australians and two New Zealanders.

If confirmed as being from the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight, the discovery would mark the first breakthrough in a case that has baffled aviation experts for 16 months.

The part, identified as a flaperon, was flown overnight to the mainland from the French island of La Reunion, where it was found on a beach in the town of Saint Andre earlier this week, AFP reports.

Sara Weeks, whose brother New Zealander Paul Weeks was on the plane, said last week her heart sank when she heard part of the wreckage may have been found.

"Even if it is a piece of the plane, it doesn't really answer any questions or resolve anything at this stage and it's still going to be a long, ongoing process," Radio New Zealand reported her as saying.