Beaches were being combed and boats were scouring the waters off Reunion Island as helicopters flew overhead the French territory, east of Madagascar off the southern tip of Africa.
Remnants of a suitcase found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, near where a fragment of an aircraft was located a day earlier. Boeing investigators have looked at photos of the fragment and say that they believe it is from one of their 777s, sources told NBC News.
“This is obviously a very significant development,” Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told a news conference in Sydney early Thursday.
Truss said a “piece of debris could’ve floated a long, long way in 16 months” — the period since the Malaysia Airlines jet vanished.