First Piece of MH370 Evidence Reaches Investigators 16 Months After Disappearance

The 6-foot long piece of wing hauled from the Indian Ocean is increasingly believed to belong to the missing plane and may offer clues to what went wrong.
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The wing part suspected of belonging to that missing Malaysian airlines jet is now in a lab for analysis. A team of international investigators hoping something on that piece of metal may finally reveal what happened to flight 370. ABC's Alex Marquardt reports in from reunion island, where they found that mystery part. Reporter: Tonight, what could be the key piece of evidence in the disappearance of mh-370, now in the hands of investigators after arriving in southern France. Experts confident that the six-foot long piece of the wing, called the flaperon, that washed up on a beach in the Indian ocean, will finally yield some answers as to how the plane went down. They can look at how metal bends. How metal breaks. They'll be looking for potential explosive witness marks, anything that might show explosive residue. Reporter: Even before any results come out, officials are increasingly sure this is part of the fatal Malaysian airlines plane that disappeared 16 months ago without a trace. It's the only 777 unaccounted for, so, it would seem most likely that this is part of that plane. Reporter: So far, no other pieces have turned up, and for now, there is no official search around reunion island. The lack of other parts further fuels the leading theory that the plane was brought down deliberately. Almost everybody believes at this point that this was a murder-suicide. Reporter: Tonight, a prayer service was held here by members of the Chinese community in support of the victims' families. "We want people to have hope," this man told us. "We want to diminish their suffering." And Cecilia, we're told that a team from Boeing, as well as investigators from the national transportation safety board, will be traveling from the U.S. To France on Tuesday to take part in the analysis of that piece of the wing. Truly a global effort to get to the bottom of this mystery. Cecilia?

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