Published On: Mar 24 2014 10:51:16 AM CDTUpdated On: Aug 05 2015 01:16:26 PM CDT
A piece of debris found on a French beach was indeed confirmed as part of missing Malaysian Flight 370, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Aug. 5, 2015.
In the wake of debris being confirmed as belonging to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, look back on the long search for the missing jetliner.
Here is a look at the unprecedented international effort to solve what has become one of modern aviation's greatest mysteries.
Co-pilot Marc Smith turns his Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft at low level in bad weather while searching for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 over the southern Indian Ocean on March 24, 2014.
Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lt. Russell Adams speaks to media at Pearce Airbase on March 29, 2014, in Perth, Australia, regarding the search for missing Flight 370.
Royal Australian Air Force Airborne Electronics Analyst, Sgt. Ben Herbert from No. 10 Squadron, prepares to man his station prior to entering the search area aboard an AP-3C Orion off the coast of Western Australia.
Radar specialists are pictured aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 over the southern Indian Ocean on March 22, 2014.
Lts. Kyle Atakturk (L) and Nicholas Horton, fly a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon during a mission over the Indian Ocean to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 19, 2014.
Australian Air Force Tactical Coordinator, Flying Officer Imray Cooray from No. 10 Squadron, coordinates the execution of a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 aboard an AP-3C Orion.
The area the plane went down in is considered one of the most remote in the world.
At one point, the search covered an area nearly the size of the United States.
One of the initial search areas west of Perth was so remote that it took three hours just to get there by plane.
Crews then had only a couple hours to search before having to return so they didn't run out of fuel.
Investigators initially focused on an area in the South China Sea, where the plane was last detected at a normal cruising altitude of 35,000 feet in the early hours of March 8, 2014.
Crews then focused their efforts on an area 1,500 miles west of Perth after several reports of debris being spotted. Here, members of the Australian Defense Force drop data markers over possible debris fields.
The search later went underwater, with the U.S. military bringing in a "ping detector" in an attempt to pick up data from the airliner's black box. In this handout image provided by the Australian Department of Defense, a Phoenix underwater drone Bluefin-21 is lifted over the side of Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield on April 14, 2014.
The debris found on the remote western Indian Ocean island of Reunion on July 29, 2015, was called "a very significant development" in the search for Flight 370. Investigators believe the plane went down in the southeastern Indian Ocean, and searchers have been looking for the bulk of the plane at the bottom of the ocean off western Australia. Officials say Reunion is within the range of where debris from the missing plane could have drifted.
The debris is the first physical piece of evidence discovered in the search.