French prosecutors have said they believe “with certainty” that a piece of debris found on Reunion Island in July was part of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, backing up a statement that Malaysia’s Prime Minister made weeks ago.

The wing section, known as a flaperon, had been examined in France by international aviation experts.

Prosecutors in Paris, who had until now been more cautious on the provenance of the debris, said a technician from Airbus Defense and Space in Spain, which had made the part for Boeing, had formally identified one of three numbers found on the flaperon as being from MH370.

The Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people veered off its course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.

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