Will The MH370 Search Continue If The Wing Part Belongs To The Missing Plane? It's Been Ongoing For More Than A Year
In March 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, scheduled to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared over the Indian Ocean. Ever the since the devastating news and the presumed deaths of all 239 passengers on board, no debris, nor any other type of evidence, has been found from MH370. However, on Wednesday, a local French publication, Réunion 1ère, reported that a wing part that might be from MH370 was spotted on the coast of Réunion, an island in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar. With that said, will the search for MH370 continue?
It's really too soon to tell if the debris is from MH370. The search for the Malaysian Airlines flight continues to this day in the Indian Ocean. In April 2015, it was reported that the search zone could double to 60,000 square miles if the plane was not found by May. On May 20, 2015, the search zone was expanded. Per NBC News, investigators widened the ocean floor search, covering 46,000 square miles, to begin looking at a larger area of the southern Indian Ocean. Searchers remained frustrated, due to the fact that they weren't sure where else to focus if the jet couldn't be found. Winter weather could also make the search even more difficult.
Even though part of an airplane wing was found, which may or may not be from MH370, it's hard to say if the search will continue. Now that alleged new evidence has been found, there's a good chance they could begin searching the new area around Réunion. But until the wing is either confirmed or denied to be part of MH370, any new details of the search probably won't be announced.