A part number on a piece of aircraft wreckage found in the Indian Ocean confirms the object is from a Boeing 777, a Malaysian transport official has said.

“From the part number, it is confirmed that it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. This information is from MAS (Malaysia Airlines). They have informed me,” deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said.

The wing component found on the small French island of La Reunion, east of Madagascar, bears the part number 657 BB, according to photos of the debris.

The two-metre-long piece of wreckage, known as a flaperon, was found by people cleaning up a beach on La Reunion on Wednesday.

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