The Courier-Mail

MH370 debris verificati­on offers relief to waiting families

- ROBYN IRONSIDE

CONFIRMATI­ON a Boeing 777 flaperon found on Reunion Island in July is from MH370 has given families confidence the search for the missing plane is happening in the right place.

French prosecutor­s yesterday said that they were satisfied the part had come from the Malaysia Airlines jet because the serial numbers matched.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the “significan­t announceme­nt” had confirmed beyond doubt that MH370 was lost at sea.

“This is obviously a very difficult moment for the families of those (239 people) who were on board,” he said.

“But it does in fact provide some degree of closure for them that they have an assurance about what has happened in the last hours of the flight.

For the daughter of Brisbane couple Bob and Cathy Lawton, many questions still remain about her parents’ fate as they flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Amanda Lawton said not knowing had been extremely hard on all families involved.

“We’ve accepted they have passed away,” she said. “Butut we still desperatel­y seek thee findings of the location of thee actual aircraft to know where e their resting place is and also,o, importantl­y, to learn why this s has happened to them.”

Melia Burrows, whosee parents Rod and Mary weree travelling with the Lawtons,, said the statement by the French provided hope the aircraft would be found.

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SEARCH: The flaperon (top); and Bob and Cathy Lawton.

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