His suggestion that it’s possible for a plane of that size to float for a while before sinking was proved by US Airways Flight 1549 that landed on the Hudson River in 2009, and remained above water for long enough for all 155 passengers and crew aboard to be evacuated.
Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft, now believed to be of flight MH370, in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015.
The French decision to devote additional planes, helicopters, patrol boats and personnel to the area came as Malaysia also appealed to the governments of Mauritius and Madagascar east of Reunion to help widen the search area.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said experts had “conclusively confirmed” it was from the missing plane, while a prosecutor in France said only that investigators could “very strongly presume” a connection.
“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an global team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370″, Najib said in a televised address.
After Malaysia confirmed a wing part found on Réunion Island was from MH370, some relatives of the missing passengers are still doubtful, thanks to a distrust of the government since the beginning of the search.