The man who has been credited with finding a piece of plane wreckage which may belong to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has asserted that God may have led him to the debris so the families of passengers aboard the flight might have closure.
Johnny Begue discovered a piece of an airplane wing, known as a flaperon, on the beach at Reunion Island earlier this week while looking for stones with a friend, as Yahoo News reports. The discovery is being treated as a major lead in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and Boeing workers believe that it may have come from a 777, based upon a part number visible in images of the piece. To date, MH370 is the only missing 777 in the world.
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The airplane part is hardly the only piece of evidence found at Reunion, however. The island, which has previously been known for the prevalence of shark attacks off its coastline, also saw the recovery of a piece of luggage earlier this week, as the Inquisitr previously reported. It is believed that the luggage may also have come from flight MH370.
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Begue, 46, initially didn’t realize the potential significance of the find, and he only reported it to authorities following some thought.
“I asked my friend to come help pick it up. First we thought that we’d use it as a piece of decoration and then we thought because it’s a piece of plane, we should probably call the police,” he recalled.
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Reflecting on the discovery, Begue says that he believes a higher power may have guided him toward the wreckage, so that the families of the missing persons aboard flight MH370 might have some closure regarding their loved ones.
“I feel like maybe it’s God that sent me, I was just looking for a stone and now I think maybe God sent me so that the people that have lost their loved ones can grieve properly.”
French officials have stated that the flaperon will arrive in Toulouse over the weekend, as CNN reports. There it will be analyzed in order to determine if it is indeed wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
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