By Erika Owen
Updated: January 24, 2017

Debris found off the coast of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean could possibly be from the Malaysia Airlines plane that mysteriously disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8th, 2014. According to CNN, what is thought to be a 9-foot long by 3-foot wide wing flap has been taken to the mainland and is being tested against the missing plane's serial numbers. The plane part was discovered by a cleaning crew working on a beach on the island.

One witness shared that the debris was covered in shells, giving the idea that it's been submerged for a good amount of time. It was discovered more than 3,800 miles from where the flight was last spotted. Currently, it is assumed that none of the 239 people on board survived. This story is currently developing and there is no definite word on whether or not this discovery is related to the missing airplane.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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