(CBS NEWS) — Malaysia's prime minister said Wednesday that an airplane wing fragment discovered last week came from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished more than a year ago with 239 people aboard.
Intact and encrusted with barnacles, the metal piece washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and was sent to France for analysis.
The missing Boeing 777 disappeared after veering far off its set northerly course from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing.
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Malaysian military radar last confirmed MH370 over the Strait of Malacca. Highly technical efforts to extrapolate the jet's final hours before it would have run out of fuel gave force to the theory that it went down somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.