When Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, the global aviation industry was left baffled for the lack of finding the wreckage, in fact for the lack of direction the flight might have taken in its final hours before, after running out of fuel, vanishing into proverbial thin air.
Tens of millions of US dollars spent in search and recovery efforts later, few clues have emerged from the deep ocean, where the aircraft is likely to have found its final resting place. Experts are still divided over which direction the flight took after doing a u-turn enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, overflying a section of Malaysia and then disappearing in the skies over the vast expanses of the Indian Ocean.
Eventually, it was beachcombers in Reunion who found the first hard evidence that the plane was indeed lost and not, going by dozens of conspiracy theories, abducted by aliens or kept hostage by rogue regimes.
A piece of debris was discovered on a beach on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, clearly identified as being part of the stricken plane. Since then, more finds have been made on Reunion, in Mozambique, in South Africa, not yet conclusively resolved on Madagascar, and now, way off that main directional course, apparently on the Zanzibari island of Pemba.
Tanzanian authorities will be making the large piece of debris available to aircraft accident investigators tasked to find the wreckage and determine the cause of the crash, to conclusively rule in or out that the wing element came from the Boeing B777 which operated flight MH370.
Results should be known in a matter of days as aircraft parts are numbered which helps identify from which plane the debris came.