(NBC News) The discovery of an airplane fragment on an island in the Indian Ocean is being viewed as a "major lead" in the hunt for missing Flight MH370, Australia's deputy prime minister said early Thursday.
"This is obviously a very significant development," Warren Truss told a news conference in Sydney.
The barnacle-covered part was found by a crew cleaning the coastline of rugged Reunion Island, a French territory east of Madagascar off the southern tip of Africa.
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t is a piece of a wing or flap from a Boeing triple 7 and there is only one 777 missing in the world right now — MH370.