A team of investigators is on its way to Reunion in the Indian Ocean to determine whether a piece of washed-up debris belongs to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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If confirmed, it would be the first part of the missing plane found since it went missing in March 2014 with 239 people on board.

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The debris, which aviation experts believe with a "high degree of confidence" is a component of a Boeing 777 wing known as a flaperon, washed up on the island late on Wednesday.

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The two-metre long piece of debris was found by a team of workers clearing an area of the coastline and was covered in shells.

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A spokesperson for the Australian government, which has been leading the main search efforts, told News.com.au: "The location in which it was found is consistent with our analysis of where pieces of MH370 would have drifted to over the course of more than a year."

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A piece of the debris has now been taken to France, which governs the Reunion islands, for further analysis while another piece has been secured for investigation near the Sainte-Marie airport.

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