MH370 wreckage mystery could be solved by Wednesday

INVESTIGATORS could know by Wednesday if debris washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion last week is from the missing MH370.

The debris, which arrived at a French military testing facility yesterday where it will be analysed by experts, could be the clue investigators need to determine what happened to the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 which disappeared on March 8, last year.

It comes as reports last night said the door of a plane has been found washed up on Reunion Island.

Sky News reported the door was discovered on a different beach to the one where a wing part washed up last week.

The debris is being held at a local police station, Sky News reports.

News agencies reported the two-metre wing segment and a piece of luggage arrived at the DGA TA aeronautical testing site near Toulouse as the Malaysian Transport Minister sent officials to Reunion Island to look for more plane parts.

Flight 370 is the only missing 777 and many are convinced the flap comes from the ill-fated jet.

Six Australians were among the 239 people onboard the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Analysts hope to glean details from metal stress to see what caused the flap to break off, spot explosive or other chemical traces, and study the sea life that made its home on the wing to pinpoint where it came from.

Meanwhile, two Reunion Island residents say they saw the wing component, known as a flaperon, in May.

"I sat on it. I was fishing for macabi (bonefish) and used it as a table," Nicolas Ferrier told The Sunday Telegraph in Britain. "I really didn't pay it much attention until I saw it on the news."

Another resident, known only as Isabelle, backed up Mr Ferrier's story.

"It was the beginning of the holidays - around May 10," the woman told "I was walking with my son, Krishna. "Then from a rock on which we were standing, he saw an object and shouted 'mum that looks like the wing of a plane'."

Mr Ferrier, a rubbish collector, said he may have destroyed some debris from the plane - including a blue seat - while he was cleaning the beach.

"I found a couple of suitcases too, around the same time, full of things," he said.

"I burnt them.

"That's my job. I collect rubbish, and burn it.

"I could have found many things that belonged to the plane, and burnt them, without realising.

"Like the seat.

"It wasn't until Wednesday that it hit me what it could have been."

On the island, a memorial service was held at a church just down the road from where the wreckage was discovered. A candle was lit for each of the 239 people on Flight 370.

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