Editor's note: The Associated Press is citing an unnamed US official as saying the debris found on an island in the Indian Ocean belongs to same type of aircraft as the missing Malaysia plane MH370. We're watching for more. - Tom
Eric Chesneau, with the air transport police of the French Indian Ocean territory, on speculation about the debris found on Reunion Island. 'People are getting ahead of themselves over this. It is more than likely plane debris, (but) we don't know what exact part it may be' - @Reuters
Editor's note: The search for MH370, said to be the most expensive in aviation history, has focused on the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia. It has been coordinated by an agency of the Australian government. - Tom
Editor's note: Numerous tweets are noting the discovery of airline debris off the coast of La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and speculating about a possible link to the missing Malaysia jet MH370. Jon Ostrower, the Wall Street Journal’s aerospace reporter, says the debris appears to be an airline flap. - Tom
The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface. It is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south by the Southern Ocean or, depending on definition, by Antarctica. It is named after India. The Indian Ocean is known as Ratnakara, "the mine of gems", in ancient Sanskrit literature and as Hind Mahasagar in Hindi and other Indian languages.