Canberra: The French-led investigation team examining a flaperon found on La Reunion island has concluded the first phase of inspection work, Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said on Wednesday.
However JACC refrained from giving any details of the findings, saying “the French authorities will, in consultation with Malaysia, report on progress in due course.” “The French investigation team is working as quickly as possible in order to provide complete and reliable information,” reported Xinhua. A piece of debris, identified as flaperon, was found on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean in July. It was later confirmed to be from the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370.
JACC said the Australian government has proposed to have a meeting with officials from Malaysia and China in Canberra in September to discuss future search operations. “Such meetings allow for information to be shared between all three countries as well as discussion of search operations,” JACC said. This meeting will focus on planning to ensure the search is conducted as efficiently as possible, taking advantage of expected better weather, Xinhua reported.
More than 60,000 square km of the sea floor has been searched so far among the 120,000-square km area required to be scanned as agreed by the three governments in April. JACC said the search strategy working group continues to review evidence associated with MH370 which may result in further refinement of, or prioritisation within, the search area. The Malaysian Airline flight went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 227 passengers and 12 crew aboard. It was believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.