Only black box can shed light on MH370 mystery, aviation experts say

The Government’s confirmation that the two-metre-long aircraft wing part, which was discovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, belonged to MH370 will inspire searchers to intensify their operations to look for more debris in the waters surrounding the island.

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that international experts had affirmed that the maintenance record seal on the aircraft part, known as a flaperon, provided the conclusive proof that it belonged to MH370.

The Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which took off from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 last year with 239 passengers and crew members on board, had vanished from the radar about 49 minutes after takeoff.

While the search for more aircraft parts and debris – and of course the main body of the Boeing 777 plane – continues, special emphasis will also be given to locating the black box, which would contain a recording of various vital aspects of the flight and, if found and analysed, may shed some light on the events leading to the plane’s disappearance.

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