A piece of airplane wreckage discovered on July 29 is part the Malaysian flight that vanished on March 8, 2014, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a press conference today.
"Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370," he told reporters.
Razak emphasized the harsh climate in the southern Indian Ocean where the flight is suspected to have gone down. None of the 239 people aboard the flight are suspected to have survived. Razak also extended his thanks to the international community for efforts undertaken to search for any evidence of the plane.
"On behalf of Malaysia, I would like to thank the many nations, organizations, and individuals who have participated in the search. The burden and uncertainty faced by the families during this time has been unspeakable. It is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people onboard MH370. They have our deepest sympathy and prayers," he said.