Though the piece of airplane debris found on a remote Indian Ocean beach may yield the first tangible proof that a Malaysian jetliner that vanished almost 17 months ago crashed into the sea, experts said it may not be much help in solving the vexing mystery of where to find the plane’s wreckage.
The length of time since the crash and the complex dynamics of ocean currents and fickle sea winds make it impossible to determine with any precision where the object that turned up on the French island of Réunion on Wednesday entered the water, experts said.
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