Debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have been found off the coast of Africa on Wednesday.
Explosive theories that the Boeing 777 was shot down by the U.S. emerged last April, but no conclusive evidence has yet been confirmed. The debris discovered on the island of Reunion may offer more insight into what actually happened to the missing flight.
Pictures show police officers inspecting what could be part of the vanished aircraft.
The plane was flying from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Beijing, China, when it is thought to have come down in the Indian Ocean on March 8 last year.
There were 239 passengers and crew – most of whom were from China – on board when it disappeared.
MH370 vanished from radar screens shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia has officially declared the disappearance of the flight an accident and has said all 239 passengers and crew on board are presumed dead.
An international search operation in the Indian Ocean has yet to find any trace of the missing plane.
There have been several theories as to what might have happened to the aircraft after it disappeared from radar.
- It went north heading towards Kazakhstan. Thai military radar seems to confirm the plane turned west, then north.
- It went west and was flown to Diego Garcia, the British-owned island in the Indian Ocean that is let as a military base to America. Surrounding islanders claim they saw a plane low in the sky the morning Flight MH370 went missing.
- It went south over the ocean off Australia, where the search has been concentrated.
Reunion is a territory of France in the Indian Ocean, several thousand miles from the international search zone.